History of the Ornano district
The district of Ornano, whose territory is initially composed of some beautiful mansions, is really formed in the middle of the 19th century with the creation of the big boulevards. A network of streets is born then, which is populated of families of the middle and popular classes. The district sees settling of trade and several manufactures. The infantry barracks are also established there. The district owes its name to Alphonse d'Ornano, mayor of Bordeaux at the turn of the 16th century and the 17th century: recommended by Henry IV, he took office in 1599. Very popular, he particularly fought valiantly against the epidemic of plague from 1604. A white marble statue representing him is on display at the Musée d'Aquitaine.
The essentials of the Ornano district
Between Mériadeck and Saint-Genès, the Ornano district unfolds around the street of the same name. Squares shaded by plane trees that host weekly markets give it a village atmosphere in the city. The Peugue, channeled, passes under the district, parallel to the street Mouneyra. Some of the neighborhood's streets are lined with old stalls and classical facades, among which are some Art Nouveau treasures. Among the important sites of the district are the triangular place Amédée Larrieu and its sublime fountain, as well as the cemetery of the Charterhouse, whose repository hosted in 1880 the ashes of Alphonse d'Ornano, mayor very regretted Bordeaux.
Living in the Ornano district
Close to Gambetta, university centers as well as shops and leisure Mériadeck, Ornano district is quiet and residential. Pleasant to live, it includes many islets of townhouses with gardens, streets dominated by old stalls, as well as buildings of the 90s. With its school, its shops, and its markets, it keeps a small town atmosphere while being closely connected to downtown Bordeaux and historic districts. The Ornano district is served by several bus lines and is surrounded by the B and A lines of the tram. All the conveniences are present in the district: medical offices, administrations, hotels and leisures. The quiet residential streets coexist with the more animated and passenger axes.