The obelisk in red marble represents the first monument celebrating the capital of the vine and the wine

Place de la Victoire lies at the centre of student life in Bordeaux. The place is the culmination point of the famous Rue Sainte Catherine, the longest shopping and pedestrian street in Europe. A former fairground, Place de la Victoire has not always been so popular and lively. During the Revolution, it was here, and not on the nearby Place Gambetta that they installed the guillotine! In the nineteenth century, it found a more welcoming vocation, that of the marketplace for the products of peasants in the Bordeaux countryside.

Place de la Victoire has since then evolved into a true “latin quarter”, welcoming students from the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacology overlooking the square.

In 2005, three new works of art were installed here, to the astonishment of locals and tourists: a strangely twisted column and two bronze turtles by the Czech artist Ivan Theimer.

 

The obelisk, in red marble from Languedoc and in bronze represents the first monument celebrating the capital of the vine and the wine. Multiple motifs and in bas-reliefs are engraved on the column, such as bunches of grapes, the mask of Bacchus, the ship of Dionysos, all telling the myths and the history of the vineyards of from antiquity to the present day Bordeaux…