Bordeaux: Musée d'Aquitaine
We spent a pleasant afternoon in the Musée d'Aquitaine dedicated to the history of Bordeaux and the Aquitaine Region. Its exhibits are divided in seven sections ranging from Prehistory to today. We started on the ground floor with the Antiquity section presenting many artefacts from the time when Aquitaine was a Roman province: funerary stelae, columns from temples, remains from the antic wall, sculptures and even mosaic floors discovered in Bordeaux city centre. Next came the Medieval section dealing with the time between 848 when the town was sacked by the Normans to 1453 when it became French again after a long period of English occupation. A few rooms are dealing with the Renaissance, the master exhibit there being the recently restored cenotaph of the French philosopher Michel de Montaigne.
The first floor is dedicated to Bordeaux in the modern time starting with the 18th century. It is the century of the Enlightenment and the Revolution and also a time of great expansion for the city thanks to its transatlantic trade. Much space is given to the part Bordeaux played in the slave trade and its contribution to the city's wealth. Many documents and video installations are on display relating the living conditions and social relationships existing on the French plantations of the Caribbean, there is also a room dealing with the abolition of slavery and its consequences on both sides of the Ocean. The rest of the museum deals with the increasing wealth of Bordeaux and its urban development until today.
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