Grosse Cloche is a bell tower in Bordeaux, France. The bell tower was built in the 15th century on the remains of the Porte Saint-Eloy. The bell tower consists of two circular towers connected by a central building that is topped by a golden leopard, the bell sits between the two towers. The central building was used for numerous things including a prison. It was also incorporated into the city walls and served as a gate. The bell tower is a symbol of the city and is a protected monument. It used to alert locals of the grape harvests and to signal fires, such was its importance that it was incorporated into the city’s coat of arms. Today, the bell only chimes on important occasions.
The bell tower is situated in the centre of the city. If travelling by car, there is a car park close by at ‘Parking Victor Hugo’. By bus, take the 24 bus which stops a short walk away from the bell tower.
Opening Times and Admission
The bell tower opens daily to visitors, 1pm-7pm.