Dedicated to the Archangel Michael, Bordeaux’s basilica and belfry—known as the arrow (la fleche) and measuring 374 feet (114 meters)—are found in the ancient quarter of St.-Michel. Both the church and its freestanding spire are designated UNESCO World Heritage sites. From the late 18th century right up until 1990, the bell tower crypt was used as an exhibition space to display a collection of gruesome mummies that were found in a nearby cemetery.
Although the macabre display is no longer there, many local people remember those days, and tourists can learn more about them through audio guides. The neighborhood of St.-Michel is also home to a thriving market, and its riverside location means boat tours of the local area pass by frequently.