44.83861°N 0.57833°W / 44.83861; -0.57833
Ville de Bordeaux
UNESCO World Heritage Site
City coat of arms
Motto: Lilia sola regunt lunam undas castra
"The fleur-de-lis alone rules over the moon, the
waves, the castle, and the lion"
CET (GMT +1)
Urban Community of
Alain Juppé (UMP)
(19.06 sq mi)
250,082 (2008 estimate)
9th in France
5,066 /km² (13,120 /
1,057 km2 (408 sq mi)
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(1,496.2 sq mi)
805,000 (7th in
France) (2007 estimate)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes
lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or
247 acres) and river estuaries.
2 Population sans doubles comptes: residents of
multiple communes (e.g., students and military
personnel) only counted once.
Bordeaux (Gascon: Bordèu) is a port city
on the Garonne River in southwest France,
with one million inhabitants in its metropolit-
an area at a 2008 estimate. It is the capital of
the Aquitaine region, as well as the prefec-
ture of the Gironde department. Its inhabit-
ants are called Bordelais.
The Bordeaux-Arcachon-Libourne metro-
politan area, with a population of 1,010,000,
is the seventh largest metropolitan area in
France. The city is among the world’s major
wine industry centres. Bordeaux wine has
been produced in the region since the 8th
century. The historic part of the city is on the
UNESCO World Heritage List as "an out-
standing urban and architectural ensemble"
of the 18th century.
Between 30,000 and 20,000 years ago the
area of Bordeaux was inhabited by the
Neanderthal Man, whos