Cailhau Gate in Bordeaux City (France, 2020)
SONY FE 28-70mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
28mm ƒ/5.0 1/250s ISO 100
5300 x 4000 px / 300 dpi
The Cailhau gate (porta deu Calhau in 1450) or gate of the Palace is a gate of the city of Bordeaux, in the French department of Gironde. It served as both a defensive door and a triumphal arch (presence of a niche with the image of the king). It has been classified as a historic monument since May 28, 1883.
The Cailhau gate stands on the Place du Palais on the river side. Located between the mouths of the two main rivers of Bordeaux, the Peugue (Cours d’Alsace and Lorraine) and Devèze (Rue de la Devise), it was the main entrance to the city from the port. It gave access to the Palais de l’Ombrière, residence of the Dukes of Guyenne, then seat of the Parliament of Bordeaux from 1462.
The original gate was located in the rampart of the fourteenth century. It was replaced by the current monument, built closer to the Garonne between 1493 and 1496. From an architectural point of view, it is a monument of Gothic-Renaissance transition.