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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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Magnificent views of town and the port

The Towers of La Rochelle are worth the 210 step climb to the top. There are actually 3 towers but we only climbed the largest which have the best views. You can buy a ticket... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 24, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

The Towers of La Rochelle are worth the 210 step climb to the top. There are actually 3 towers but we only climbed the largest which have the best views. You can buy a ticket for 1 tower (which we did) or for 2 or all 3. The cost difference is minimal. You can see everything from the top, the... More 

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Hyderabad, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

the reminisant of the french revolution and the beauty of the structure is to be appriciated .bridge completed on 19 May 1988. Its harbour opens into a protected strait, the Pertuis d'Antioche.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Being not quite aware of the French history and their run for colonization, and the 100 years war, this place was quite quaint and enlightening. The way the French still look at colonization is fascinating to me. The staircases are quite narrow and steep in the towers and elder people might find it daunting. Also, you don't need a ticket... More 

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Lloydminster, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Worth a stop! Quaint little french community with a little castle by the sea! Cute little shops and restaurants!

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Bracknell, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Packed with history these iconic towers simply make La Rochelle the place it is. The very first image of France I remember on my school text book front cover.... My first trip to La Rochelle was breathtaking, as was this one! A visit to these towers is a real "must!" Give yourself an hour for each to really take them... More 

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Melun, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Gives the town and harbour a lovely historic feel. When you arrive the town already looks interesting because of the towers.

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Blenheim, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Chill and calm city. You can see a Fort Boyard in a bright day from harbour. Also the Godet Cognac house is really close, so definitely visit it too.

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Chippenham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

All the towers are worth a visit and the displays have English subtitles, great views of the surrounding town and estary

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

What a lovely vilage with these great buildings to look at. Theyre lovely from outside and divers even used them in the red bull competition.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

They are part of the ambience of the old port and look great from the outside. Couldn't see much point in going in them though!

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Address: Vieux Port, 17000 La Rochelle, France
Location: Europe  >  France  >  Poitou-Charentes  >  Charente-Maritime  >  La Rochelle

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