Old Bordeaux is organised into several districts named after their respective parishes. The Sainte Croix district was formed around the Sainte Croix parish church, the last remnant of a large abbey. Its original population was involved in all the small trades gravitating around the port, dock work, rope making, leather or sugar processing.
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le grand church indeed!
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And when you think of the number of centuries that have passed in front of this facade!