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Towers of La Rochelle

Vieux Port, 17000 La Rochelle, France
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Ranked #3 of 26 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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Limoges, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

So many times we passed by without going in...what a pity ! The explanatory panels are so clear and synthetic that you can get the good quantity of information without getting too much. You just have to pay attention to young children...

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Martock, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

A must see but not good for disabled visitors. We still enjoyed outside view and historical information.

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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21 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Most cruise ships moor at La Pallice , a 20/30 minute road trip from La Rochelle depending on time of day. Consequently they offer " Tours" into La Rochelle where The Towers are just two of the interesting historical and cultural sights. Our ship, stressing that no shuttle buses were provided by the Ship, or the City, charged £25 -... More

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Airport 20 mins by local bus 1.5 euros to centre good beach s near by worth getting a train to explore further

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Great example of medieval fortifications. Spend bit of time here just to see La Rochelle from on high, then tour the beautiful, clean city.

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Northern Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Worth the climb for the view and the surprises and the immediacy of being in the real places where things really happened. The scratched graffiti of prisoners were preserved with respect.

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

Very accessible and worthwhile though one tower (the lighthouse) La Lanterne is covered in scaffolding and closed for renovation

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La Prairie, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

We returned to La Rochelle for an afternoon to visit the Franco-Québécois Museum in this tower. Very well done. Traces the history of the French who left France from La Rochelle to New France in North America.

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GY
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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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