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Towers of La Rochelle

Vieux Port, 17000 La Rochelle, France
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Ranked #3 of 27 Attractions in La Rochelle
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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 « less
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Interesting buildings explaining the history of the town but the most interesting bit for me was the graffiti on the walls, left by the prisoners held there from the 1700's onwards. Lots of steps to climb!

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Sorrento, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

The towers at the entrance to the old port are impressive.. The tallest of the towers can be climbed to the very top and from here you can get a panoramic view of the city. We'll worth the climb

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Cobham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

A grat view of these two ancient and magnificant Towers which guarded the old Port. I'm sure they have been photographed by thousands of visitors as a keepsake of the Old Port and La Rochelle

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Adelaide, Australia
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

The views from all the towers was great love it. We'll worth the climb. Took some fabulous photos fro the top of the towers.

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Camborne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

but well worth the effort. We took the 2 grandchildren up the tower and they were captivated (even at only 4 & 6 yrs) with the history of the tower as we followed the arrows from room to room getting higher and higher. Even though Grandma suffers with a height phobia, she enjoyed the experience and the view from the... More

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taunton england
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Great views over La Rochelle and the sea beyond. Interesting 'ancient' graffiti on the walls inside the tower.

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Blackpool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

We only had time to go to one of the towers, but you can get a discount if you want to go to all three, if you are fit enough! It was a real trip back in time and you could get an idea what it was like to serve in a cold dark tower. Once at the top we... More

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East Kilbride, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Bought the wrong ticket and staff wouldn't exchange it, also paid for souvenir which when noticed it was a generic historic sites item, asked if it could be exchanged for same item but inscribed with 'Tours La Rochelle' however staff were unhelpful and had to buy two, disappointed.

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Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

With one ticket being available for all three towers this is a good buy. Each tower has its own character and story to tell. There is the equivalent of seventeenth century graffiti on the walls, scribed by pirates and prisoners through the centuries including French, English and Dutch prisoners. The word graffiti is used loosely as many of the inscriptions... More

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Edmonton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

the 3 towers package (8.5 euros) is a good value for the money. each tower I'd interesting in its own way. saint-Nicholas tower contains a labyrinth of stairs leading to residential rooms and guard rooms, as well as nice photographs of the city in 1850. my preferred was la chaine tower, which details the local history of boarding to go... More

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