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Towers of La Rochelle

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Address: Vieux Port, 17000, La Rochelle, France
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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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Three towers three climbs 3 views

Definitely for the able bodied, some of the stair climbs are quite steep, and the stairs narrow. But the views absolutely breath-taking. The prison cell graffiti is amazing in... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 9 January 2017
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Hornchurch
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

Definitely for the able bodied, some of the stair climbs are quite steep, and the stairs narrow. But the views absolutely breath-taking. The prison cell graffiti is amazing in the Lantern Tower. All three are unique. We did them as part of the Town tour walk so easily incorporated in a walk. I would allow at least an hour per... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

Less to look at in the towers than you would think, which is a shame as they aren’t cheap and the amount of history that they have witnessed you would imagine that they would have more on display. Still it was fun for my small children though the steps are narrow and numerous. I also wasn’t too keen on the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

Absolutely beautiful view. The entrance to the old harbour is flanked by two lovely towers. You can walk around the old harbour along the right hand side as you face the sea. Then find a shady spot to watch the small boats come in and out of the harbour. Even better if you bring a nice picnic bought from all... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

The towers are not to be missed, and it is important to see all three of them to obtain a context for their place in La Rochelle history (get a combined ticket, it is cheaper). The Chaîne Tower was built between 1382 and 1390 and ths tower housed the chain that controlled the flow of boat traffic. At the top... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

An amazing overview of the history of La Rochelle, you learn about how La Rochelle changed hands from French to English, it's role in the exploration of the new world, and loads more. Plus it's free to visit if you are under 26, which is pretty amazing!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

158 steps to the top of Tour de la Lanterne but well worth it. Seeing the names of English, Irish, Scottish, Spanish & French prisoners from hundreds of years ago carved into the stone, really brought it to life.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

The Towers are a beautiful set of landmarks, from the sea especially. The towers protect the old port of La Rochelle, a fascinating medieval town, and are full of history. The Tour de la lanterne was used as a prison, and the prisoners graffiti is clearly visible and legible. Tour de la Chaine gives an outline of the immigration to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

Lovely area to visit and photograph. You can access one of the towers (fee involved) but we were a bit short of time. A walk around the outside was more than adequate.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

We saw the towers from a distance and as we walked round the port managed to arrive there. A beautiful spot to see part of the city.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

Wandering the Vieux Port of La Rochelle, you can see and visit the 3 medieval towers that make the sea front of this beautiful historic town. They are well worth a guided visit as is the rest of the Old Town, so rich is La Rochelle history. All is accessible by foot. If arriving by car, park underground next to... More 

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