Regular readers may remember the recent account of the morning spent exploring the Portuguese Jewish cemetery on Cours de la Marne, one of three final resting places for Jews in central Bordeaux. Of the others, the cemetery on Cours de l’Yser is still in use, whereas burials at the tiny “Cimetière des Avignonnais” on Rue Sauteyron, a mere 50 metres from Place de la Victoire, ceased more than 200 years ago.
The Avignonnais cemetery is rarely open to the general public, and can only usually be visited during specially-organised guided tours, so when I spotted it would be accessible as part of the city’s European Heritage Days programme, I decided to head over to the site to take in a low-key tour of my own.
|The gate to the cemetery. Place de la Victoire lies at the end of the road.|
Despite being so close to the hive of activity that is Place de la Victoire, on the inside it strikes me that there are few signs of intruders; just a couple of examples of relatively discreet graffiti left by people who somehow managed to scale the wall. Other than that, the cemetery is neat and tidy, and has possibly been so since 2011 and an overhaul conducted by owners the Jewish consistory, who wanted the graveyard to open to the public after many years of neglect.
- Find it on the Invisible Bordeaux map:
- Cimetière des Juifs Avignonnais, 47 rue Sauteyron, Bordeaux