Towers of La Rochelle, La Rochelle

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Towers of La Rochelle stand tall along the old harbor. Built in the 13th and 14th centuries, the three towers are named Tour St. Nicolas, Tour de la Lantern, and Tour de la Chaine. Climb up the many tower stairs for a view of the water. For more on the towers' long history, an informational booklet is available in English. Make Towers of La Rochelle a part of your La Rochelle vacation plans using our La Rochelle holiday maker site.
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  • This is probably the most memorable site in town and if you have a drink or meal at the port and waterfront, you will surely see the towers. They are the historic entrance to the port.  more »
  • Great visit of this lovely city with all the towers. The harbor is quite nice as well as the very well preserved houses in the streets around. Everything can be done in a few hours by foot.  more »
  • The Saint Nicolas Tower is a pentagonal Tower, that is an imposing fortress with crenellated walls & a keep. It was established in 1384, named after the patron saint of sailors and is one of the three medieval towers guarding the port in La Rochelle, France. In 1879 the French government classified it as a 'Monument Historique.'
  • Saint Nicolas Tower together with the Chain Tower really frame the incredible majestic entrance to La Rochelle Vieux-Port. Named after the patron saint of sailors, Saint Nicolas Tower is about 42 metres in height and was built in the fourteenth century. It was connected to the Chain Tower by massive chain used at night to close the port channel. Approaching the Saint Nicolas Tower one can immediately appreciate the pentagonal shape with circular turrets. Even when I was climbing up the staircase to the main entrance its purpose as a buttress isn't too obvious until I got inside. The main room is octagonal shape with ribbed vaulted ceiling. This then leads you to the second chamber and to other rooms which includes a chapel then to the lower parapet. The upper parapet is where the real magic happens with spectacularly stunning views of the harbour entrance and Vieux-Port and of course across to the Chain Tower and Lantern Tower and best of all, Ile d'Aix. A must visit monument in La Rochelle and costs 6€ per one tower or 9€ for the three towers. Great for the whole family and kids. Winter is ideal because it's not too crowded.

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