The Place des Quinconces, located in Bordeaux, France, is one of the largest city squares in Europe.
It was laid out in 1820 on the site of Château Trompette and was intended to prevent rebellion against the city. Its guns were turned towards the centre. Its current shape was adopted in 1816. Trees were planted in 1818.
The two rostral columns facing the Garonne were erected by Henri-Louis Duhamel du Monceau in 1829. One of them symbolises commerce, and the other stands for navigation. The white-marble statues of Michel de Montaigne and Charles de Secondat, baron de Montesquieu were added in 1858.
Coordinates 44°50'44.043" N -0°34'23.04" E