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Bordeaux is famous for its 18th-century architecture, but the Quartier St-Michel's buildings are predominantly medieval, dominated by the tapered bell tower of the 15th-century Basilique St-Michel. It's a wonderful area to explore, with a vibrant daily food market; and France's second tallest stone tower, the Fleche St-Michel, erected in 1472. If you enjoy sweeping panoramas (and have enough leg power), climb its 228 steps and watch the city move like a toy-town beneath your feet.