Bordeaux, Port of the Moon



FranceEurope and North AmericaDepartment of Gironde, Region of AquitaineN44 50 20 E0 34 2020071,73111,974CulturalTo exhibit an important interchange of human values - over a span of time or within a cultural area of the world - on developments in architecture or technology; monumental arts; town-planning or landscape designTo be an outstanding example of a type of building; architectural or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates (a) significant stage(s) in human historyGround transport infrastructureDeliberate destruction of heritageHousing1256http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1256http://whc.unesco.org/en/soc/?action=list&id_site=1256The Port of the Moon, port city of Bordeaux in south-west France, is inscribed as an inhabited historic city, an outstanding urban and architectural ensemble, created in the age of the Enlightenment, whose values continued up to the first half of the 20th century, with more protected buildings than any other French city except Paris. It is also recognized for its historic role as a place of exchange of cultural values over more than 2,000 years, particularly since the 12th century due to commercial links with Britain and the Low Lands. Urban plans and architectural ensembles of the early 18th century onwards place the city as an outstanding example of innovative classical and neoclassical trends and give it an exceptional urban and architectural unity and coherence. Its urban form represents the success of philosophers who wanted to make towns into melting pots of humanism, universality and culture.World Heritage Site
CountryFrance
UNESCO RegionEurope and North America
LocationDepartment of Gironde, Region of Aquitaine
CoordinatesN44 50 20 E0 34 20
Inscription Date2007
Property (ha)1,731
Buffer Zone (ha)11,974
Type of HeritageCultural
CriteriaTo exhibit an important interchange of human values - over a span of time or within a cultural area of the world - on developments in architecture or technology; monumental arts; town-planning or landscape design
CriteriaTo be an outstanding example of a type of building; architectural or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates (a) significant stage(s) in human history
All ThreatsGround transport infrastructure
All ThreatsDeliberate destruction of heritage
All ThreatsHousing
Unesco Reference Number1256
URLhttp://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1256
State of Conservation Reporthttp://whc.unesco.org/en/soc/?action=list&id_site=1256
DescriptionThe Port of the Moon, port city of Bordeaux in south-west France, is inscribed as an inhabited historic city, an outstanding urban and architectural ensemble, created in the age of the Enlightenment, whose values continued up to the first half of the 20th century, with more protected buildings than any other French city except Paris. It is also recognized for its historic role as a place of exchange of cultural values over more than 2,000 years, particularly since the 12th century due to commercial links with Britain and the Low Lands. Urban plans and architectural ensembles of the early 18th century onwards place the city as an outstanding example of innovative classical and neoclassical trends and give it an exceptional urban and architectural unity and coherence. Its urban form represents the success of philosophers who wanted to make towns into melting pots of humanism, universality and culture.
StatusWorld Heritage Site