Towers of La Rochelle
Towers of La Rochelle
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Looking out to the Atlantic, the Tour Saint-Nicolas (14th century), the Tour de la Chaîne (14th century) and the Tour de la Lanterne (12th and15th century) are the remains of a great fortification building campaign undertaken in the City of La Rochelle from 1199. The Tour Saint-Nicolas and the Tour de la Chaîne form the majestic gateway to the Old Port and for ten centuries formed the key defensive bastions to the city. As true palatial constructions and city castles, they are the symbol of a city with a very rich hand proud seafaring and trading heritage. The Tour de la Lanterne, the oldest lighthouse on the Atlantic coast and then a navy prison, contains over 600 examples of graffiti carved into the walls by prisoners in over 3 centuries. Open: > 1st April to 30th September: Tower Saint-Nicolas: from 10 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. ; Tower of La Chaîne and La Lanterne: from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2.15 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. > 1st October to 31st March: from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2.15 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. Closed: > 1st January, 1st May and 25th December. Admission fees: Adults : 1 tower ticket : 6 € ; 3 towers ticket : 8,50 € ; Concessions (18 to 25) = 1 tower ticket : 4 € ; 3 towers ticket : 5,50 € ; Free admission: minors under 18*; Free admission: 18-25 years old* (citizens of one of the 27 countries of the EU or are non-European permanent residents of France) * excluding school groups
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Ajb1207
Champsac, France932 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
Parked just behind these historic towers which guard the entrance to the fortified city of La Rochelle. Fabulous well kept buildings which used to be chained together to guard the harbour.
Written 20 September 2023
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Penny C
London, UK107 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I was on a school trip with 5 adults and over 49 students. This was the second time I had been on this trip. Half of the group went to one tower the other half went up the opposite tower. It’s really interesting and also a great experience to see the coast and La Rochelle from high up. The students were able to wave to each other and we took some fabulous photos. I would recommend this trip to anyone interested in the history of France and also for those who like a good view. Not sure if individual price because we were in a group ticket.
Written 20 August 2023
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Kalkan White
Kalkan, Türkiye7,474 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
If you see pictures of La Rochelle, the towers that provide the gateway to the ancient harbour is what you see. Beautiful.
Written 7 August 2023
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irawine
Benicia, CA655 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
The 3 towers at the port of La Rochelle are quite distinctive and picturesque. We just viewed them from the outside and did not enter them. Still, they are a lovely site to behold.
Written 20 June 2023
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Howlo
Buckingham, UK9,525 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
The port and town of La Rochelle is founded in history and is a truly lovely French Port. Stepped in history it makes for a great visit
Written 10 May 2023
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Jo K
Worcester, UK6,698 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
You can’t miss on a trip to the port area. Unfortunately the day was rather rainy on our stop. We’ve been before when the weather is sunny. Lovely to sit in a. Age and watch the world pass you by
Written 9 May 2023
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KevinPlymouth
Plymouth, UK117 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
Buy a 9 Euro ticket and see all three towers( the ticket is valid for a week). For me the Lanterne Tower was the best with outstanding views from the upper terrace but were interesting in their own right. Not to be missed.
Written 17 April 2023
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JScha
San Francisco, CA28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
So much more to the small city than you can imagine. The port, which goes back centuries, is steeped in history. It is the launching point for many Canadian Ancestors. The village, itself, is full of historical buildings, great shopping, and restaurants of all kinds!
Written 7 April 2023
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Vadim
Murmansk, Russia26,888 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
These two towers at the entrance to the Old Port are the main symbol of the Atlantic Geneva- La Rochelle. And since the construction date of La Tour Saint-Nicolas is not exactly known, a corresponding legend has appeared. Fairy Melusine, flying over La Rochelle with stones from a ruined castle, dropped stones from a torn apron. The stones did not fall apart as usual, but on top of each other. In this miraculous way, the tower of San Nicolas appeared. Although there is no evidence of the start of construction of the 38-meter Nicolas Tower, it is known that it was completed in 1376. Due to the coastal location, the builders chose a pile foundation. Long oak stakes were driven into the muddy ground and reinforced with stones. This did not prevent the foundation from settling, and the tower gave a roll to the northeast. The tower was strengthened without letting it fall. The Saint-Nicolas Tower served as the residence of the port captain and his family. The captain was elected for 1 year and during it had no right to leave the tower. In addition to its main purpose - the protection of the harbor, the tower served as a weapons depot, a powder magazine and a prison. During the Huguenot Wars, Catholics were kept here, after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes, Huguenots. During the French Revolution, the Vendee Chouans were kept in Bache. During the wars of the Fronde, the Saint-Nicolas Tower was not destroyed like the neighboring Chain Tower, because the garrison chose to surrender in 1651. Accordingly, the tower was restored earlier and opened to tourists. Located opposite the Tour de la Chene, the Chain Tower got its name due to the fact that it was from it that the chain was controlled, fixed in the Tower of St. Nicholas on the opposite shore. Erected in 1390, the tower was used to protect the entrance to the Old Port. After La Rochelle became the political center of French Protestants in the 60s of the XVI century, the tower stored the loot of Huguenot privateers who robbed the ships of Spanish and French Catholics. During the Huguenot Wars, the tower was stormed in 1573. After the siege of La Rochelle in 1628 by Cardinal Richelieu, the tower escaped demolition like most Protestant fortifications, because it was used to protect the city from attacks by the British from the sea. The tower was stormed for the second time during the Fronde Wars in 1651. Sappers of the royal army blew up the tower and it stood partially destroyed for the next 300 years. The tower was restored later than the other two towers only for the 400th anniversary of the Edict of Nantes by Henry IV in 1998
Written 22 February 2023
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Sallybelinda
Northampton, UK181 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Couples
There are certainly plenty of steps to keep you fit, but the climbs are worth it and at 9.50 euros to visit all 3 towers - it’s an absolute bargain! The tickets are valid for a week too, so you don’t have to do them all at once!
Written 12 December 2022
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