Place des Quinconces. This esplanade, well-known by Bordeaux residents and tourists alike for its exceptional dimensions, has been the site of fairs and diverse events since the 19th century. Many people, however, are unaware that in this place, there once stood an imposing fortress.

Using elements that were reassembled and presented in 1966 by Jean-Paul Avisseau, then Director of the municipal Archives, and relying on recent findings, this exhibition proposes to return to the principal dates in the history of this military construction implanted in the heart of the city.