History of Floirac
The construction of the Saint-Vincent church around which the parish and the town of Floirac will be formed dates back to the 12th century. The cultivation of the vineyard on the territory also begins at this time. The 19th century was marked by the installation in Floirac of the Bletts capsule company, and the creation and commissioning of the Bordeaux observatory. The construction of the Napoleon bridge, or "stone bridge" began in 1808 and ended in 1881. It brings Floirac considerably closer to the city center of Bordeaux. From 1900, the town is connected to Bordeaux by train. The tram serves the east of the city from 2007, at the Dravemont district.
The essentials of Floirac
Commissioned in 1881, the Bordeaux observatory is now listed in the inventory of Historic Monuments, as well as the neo-Gothic church of Saint Vincent. The territory of Floirac is home to architectural jewels from different eras: 18th-century classical mansions and innovative 20th-century heritage projects. Notable buildings in the city include the Sybirol estate dating back to the early 18th century, but also the Maison Lemoine which earned its architect Rem Koolhaas the price of the square of silver in 1998, or the House Latapie built in 1993 in unusual and economical materials. The natural heritage of Floirac includes the 60 forested hectares of the Burthe area, and the Castel leisure park. On the Garonne, the banks of Floirac still shelter some traditional huts with plaice fishing.
Life in Floirac
Only 5 km from the center of Bordeaux, Floirac is well served by the public transport network of the Métropole, and in particular by tram line A. The quick access to the ring road facilitates the movements in the agglomeration. Separated from Bordeaux by the course of the Garonne, Floirac is connected to the left bank by the Napoleon and Saint-Jean bridges. The commissioning in 2021 of the Simone Veil bridge entails a global rehabilitation of the sector located between the town hall and the wharves. Many green spaces allow Floirac to offer a privileged living environment to its inhabitants. The commune has 8 kindergartens, 8 primary schools and 3 colleges. The community life is dynamic, supported by numerous sports and cultural facilities and quality.