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Address: Vieux Port, 17000 La Rochelle, France
Description: Looking out to the Atlantic, the Tour Saint-Nicolas (14th century), the...
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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We visited the bigger tower, the Saint Nicholas (I think). It was really interesting, and comprehensive information was provided in English and French (as well as other... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 18, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

We visited the bigger tower, the Saint Nicholas (I think). It was really interesting, and comprehensive information was provided in English and French (as well as other languages). Aside from the weather and the fact that the woman behind the desk was about as happy and friendly as cadaver, it was a great hour or so. It also provides a... More 

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Millburn, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

The view was beautiful. Remained exterior of the towers. I recommend taking a boat tour pass the towers to Fort Boyard. That was exciting. Very much worth it.

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Harwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Had a most enjoyable day last Saturday, wandering around the old town and port. A pleasant bonus was the presence of the ancient frigate Hermione, repositioned here before starting the re-creation of the original transatlantic voyage.

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Lisbon, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

I really loved the place. It reminds me of something that came out of a movie. It really is worth a visit.

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Rayne, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Spend a few hours wandering around the old harbour plenty of places to eat great views .Take time to explore

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014 via mobile

nice views of the harbor & old town, although in need of up keep. Visited in winter & must be a great atraction during the summer months.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Maintenance to the towers is going on but the walk around the ramparts and the charming restaurants made this a great spot to visit. Good back street buildings and shops.

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North Lanarkshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

If you are in the harbour area, it is impossible to miss these remnants of historic fortifications. Remember to read the descriptive boards - good English translations. And you can climb to the top of at least one of them, I believe. great for kids - of all ages.

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Bath, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

We went up the Tour S Nicholas. The explanatory notes are in English as well as French. The views from the top are well worth the climb. You could imagine the tower in use.

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Spectacular views from the top, especially on a lovely sunny day. Don't visit if you do not like heights or narrow, steep, windy corkscrew stone staircases. Wouldn't be easy with very young children. Very educational and an interesting history behind them. Staff were friendly and helpful. Worth visiting at least one of the towers.

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