Basilika Saint-Seurin (Basilique Saint-Seurin)
Basilika Saint-Seurin (Basilique Saint-Seurin)

Basilika Saint-Seurin (Basilique Saint-Seurin)

1. Juni-Sept. 30 1-6 Uhr
16 Rue Saint-Étienne, Bordeaux, France

The basics

Saint-Seurin Basilica is renowned as one of Bordeaux’s most striking architectural landmarks, built in the Romanesque style with prominent Gothic elements added over the centuries. Highlights include the striking altarpiece with its 14 alabaster bas-reliefs; 11th-century crypt, which contains the tomb of Saint-Fort; marble Merovingian sarcophagus; and vast Christian necropolis with tombs dating from as early as the fourth century.

Visit on a history or architecture tour of Bordeaux to learn more of the basilica’s story. Rumor has it that the gallant followers of Charlemagne, King of the Franks (and father of the almighty Carolingian empire, which stretched from Spain to Hungary), were buried in here and that Charlemagne placed Roland’s olifant on the altar as he passed by on his way back from Spain.

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Things to know before you go

  • Families with kids can make the most of the children’s playground outside the church—it's ideal for distracting the little ones while you admire the basilica.

  • The basilica is free to visit; there may be a small fee to enter the crypt.

  • You’ll find cafés and restaurants within a short walk of the church. Public restrooms are also located on the square, southeast of the basilica.

  • Access to Saint-Seurin Basilica is limited for strollers and wheelchairs due to the many steps—call ahead to request access.

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How to get there

Saint-Seurin Basilica is located on Place des Martyrs de la Résistance, just west of the city's historic center. From Place Gambetta, it’s about a 10-minute walk northwest, and the nearest tram stop is Gambetta (Route B). The closest parking lot is located on Place des Martyrs de la Résistance, just south of the church.

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When to get there

Although you can admire the church exteriors at any time, the church and crypt are open for visits at certain times only—confirm it's open for visitors before you arrive. Tours are often available in summer at set times, as well. Mass is held at the church Tuesday–Friday at 9am and on Sundays at 9am, 11am, and 7pm.

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Bordeaux’s UNESCO-listed monuments

Saint-Seurin Basilica is one of more than 350 listed historical monuments in Bordeaux, and it's part of the city’s UNESCO World Heritage Site. Among the most notable landmarks to visit are the 18th-century Palais de la Bourse on Place de la Bourse, Grand Theatre on Place de la Comédie, Arc de Triomphe-inspired Porte de Bourgogne, and Gothic Saint-André Cathedral.

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