Miroir d'Eau (Water Mirror), Bordeaux

Miroir d'Eau (Water Mirror), Bordeaux (must see)

The Water Mirror is a 3,450 square meter, or 37,100 square foot, reflecting pool that is located in front of the Place de la Bourse. It is the world's largest reflecting pool, which makes it one of the top must-see spots in Bordeaux.

Water Mirror was designed by Michel Corajoud and constructed by Jean-Max Llorca. Construction of the pool took place in 2006. It is made from granite slabs and covered in a 2 cm of water from April through October.

The pool is sometimes called the Quay Mirror. This is due to the location along the quays where it was built.

Every 15 minutes, steam rolls across the Water Mirror. This creates a beautiful effect that has been featured in countless photo essays of the region.

This reflecting pool is popular among locals and tourists in the area. It is an excellent spot for cooling hot feet, relaxing and people watching. Those traveling with children will find this to be a favorite place to take a break while on a walking tour of the city.

The Water Mirror is located only steps away from the Place de la Bourse. It is less than a five minute walk from the Place du Parliament and about an eight minute walk from Porte Cailhau. Being a 10 minute walk from the center of the city, the Water Mirror is a spot that tourists can return to any time they are visiting Bordeaux.

Why You Should Visit
- To see the world's largest reflecting pool
- To get your own photo of the most photographed spots in Bordeaux

Tips
If you're hoping to wade through the Water Mirror, make sure you visit Bordeaux during the right time of year. The pool is empty from November through March. Visitors are still more than welcome to walk across the slabs for an excellent view of the Garonne and the Place de la Bourse.

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Miroir d'Eau (Water Mirror) on Map

Sight Name: Miroir d'Eau (Water Mirror)
Sight Location: Bordeaux, France (See walking tours in Bordeaux)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) Containing This Sight:

Walking Tours in Bordeaux, France

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