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Towers of La Rochelle

Vieux Port, 17000 La Rochelle, France
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Ranked #2 of 23 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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Los Angeles, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

the history of towers of La Rochelle is really very intersting!!! if you have a stay in this city;, i really do recommend you!!! and another information that can interest Young people!!! for the students of european union the entrance is free!!!

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Brasilia, DF
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

La Rochelle was founded during the 10th century and became an important harbor at the Bay of Biscay in the 12th century. In 1187 Eleanor of Aquitaine, first queen of France and later queen of England but always Duchess of Aquitaine gave the city a mayor, for the first time in France. The Knights Templar had a strong presence in... More

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Ilheus, BA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

You can see a beautiful view from the Tour de Saint-Nicolas, it's always great to see a place from up. And it's free every first Sunday of the month!

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

The 3 towers of La Rochelle are so beautiful from the outside and very interesting for the inside. The 8.5E combined admission is well worth the price - just make sure you give yourself enough time to enjoy. There are many steps up & down in each tower, and also one little and one long walk between the 3 towers.... More

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Cork, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

This is a fairly compact city with the towers as one of the top attractions. Great atmosphere throughout and great views. The tours are great.

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Aulnay-de-Saintonge, Poitou-Charentes, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

We only had time for one tower and a friend recommended La Lanterne, and I was just expecting a good view. but it was used as a prison from before the Napoleonic wars. The graffiti on the walls and floors, and models made by, mainly, sailors, many of them British, are exceptional and fascinating. Spent more time looking at all... More

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La Rochelle, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

facing the Atlantic Ocean, you may contemplate the local historical past with a stunning view of the city, the old harbour and in the distance, Fort Boyard and the isles of Aix, Oléron and Ré.

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Carlsbad, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

Three towers from the 14th & 15th century dominate the Old Port of La Rochelle. The Tower of La Chaine was named after the huge chain that was slung from it, across to the Tower of St.Nicholas on the other side of the entrance to the Port. Tower de la Lanterne, was built as a beacon, but later became a... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

The towers of La Rochelle are very interesting to visit. You can literally walk up to the walls where there are carvings and graffiti from prisoners. And the view from the top of the towers is beautiful (especially from the Tower of the Lantern). Most of the signs have English translations on them, so that you can learn about the... More

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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

Having conquered my fear of heights I found the view from the top of the tower well worth the climb - we only entered the one tower nearest the multi-storey car park but would have liked to have gone to the others if time had permitted.

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