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The monument to the Girondins, located on the place des Quinconces about a kilometer north of the cathedral of Bordeaux, was conceived back in the 60s of the 19th century by the architect Julien Guéade, the grand-nephew of one of the very deputies of the Gironde, who later became the core of the Girondins party. However, only in 1881, the Bordeaux administration decided to erect a monument and opened a competition of architectural projects. Among others, Frederic Auguste Bartholdy (creator of the Statue of Liberty), who proposed the construction of a monumental fountain, and architects Alfons Dumiliatre and Andre Risch submitted their projects. The price of the Bartholdi fountain turned out to be prohibitive for the city budget, but in the end it was decided to combine the idea of ​​the fountain and the project of Dumiliatre and Rish. Construction work was started in 1894 and completed in 1902, while the monument was never completed: the monumental sculptural group lacks the main sculptures of the actual images of the eight deputies of the Gironde. Already in 1989, on the two hundredth anniversary of the capture of the Bastille, a memorial tablet with the names of deputies engraved on it was strengthened on the monument. The monument itself is a fountain, in the middle of which is a column with a Corinthian capital, on which there is a bronze statue of Liberty, dropping the shackles. At the foot of the column is a sculptural group consisting of allegorical images of History and Oratory, as well as the Triumph of the Republic (from the side of the Bolshoi Theater) and the Triumph of Concord (from the side of the Public Park).

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Gironde called several residents of the Department of Gironde, who were delegated to the Legislative Assembly of France in 1791. Then the party began to be called, which during the years of the French Revolution represented the interests of the provincial bourgeois - merchants and industrialists. However, already in 1793, the Girondins were expelled from the Convention and put on trial. Several of them fled to the provinces and there rose uprisings against the Convention, which were suppressed, and those convicted and remaining in Paris were executed.

The idea of ​​erecting a monument to the Girondins in Bordeaux belongs to Julien Guadade, a descendant of one of the first Girondins - the attorney Guadade. This idea arose in the 60s of the XIX century, but was realized only at the very end of the century. In 1881, the city hall announced a competition in which three architects took part - Alfons Dumiliatre, Andre Risch and the famous sculptor, author of the Statue of Liberty in New York, Frederic Auguste Bartholdy. According to the results of the competition, there was no winner, since the authorities decided to combine the ideas of all three participants in one project.

The construction of the monument continued from 1894 to 1902, but the monument remained incomplete - it was originally planned to supplement the composition with the figures of eight deputies from the Gironde, who advocated personal freedom and welcomed the revolution. It is not known why the project was not fully implemented, but in 1989 a memorial plaque was erected on the monument with the names of the first Girondins. Five years later, the monument was declared a historical monument.

The monument to the Girondins is a fountain, in the center of which stands a 50-meter column, crowned with a winged Freedom, tearing shackles. The figure of Liberty is cast in bronze, and the fountain is the part that was borrowed from the Bartholdi project. The lower part of the column is surrounded by sculptures called the "Triumph of Concord" and "Triumph of the Republic", and images of History and Oratory.

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In 1881, on the centennial of the French Revolution, a monument to the Girondins, victims of terror, devoted to the Third Republic and its origins, appeared in Bordeaux. The monument was made by architect Victor Risch, a Bordeaux sculptor Achilles Dumilatre, and Frederic Auguste Bartholdi (creator of the Statue of Liberty) also participated. The monument itself is a fountain, in the middle of which is a column with a Corinthian capital, on which there is a bronze statue of Liberty, dropping the shackles. At the foot of the column is a sculptural group consisting of allegorical images of History and Oratory, as well as the Triumph of the Republic (from the side of the Bolshoi Theater) and the Triumph of Concord (from the side of the Public Park).

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At the end of the 19th century, the idea came up to create a monument to the deputies of the Gironde. A competition has been announced. Among others, Frederic Auguste Bartholdy (author of the Statue of Liberty), who proposed the construction of a monumental fountain, and architects Alfons Dumiliatre and Andre Risch submitted their projects. The price of the fountain turned out to be too high for the city budget, but in the end it was decided to combine the idea of ​​the fountain and the project of Dumiliatra and Risha. Construction work was started in 1894 and completed in 1902, while the monument was never completed: the monumental sculptural group lacks the main sculptures - the actual images of the eight deputies of the Gironde. In 1989, a memorial tablet was attached with the names of deputies engraved on it.

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