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  • 1 Old Port Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    cours des Dames F - 17000 La Rochelle

    Situated at the end of a narrow bay, the old port is made up of the port entry, the beaching basin or Old Port, the small basin where yachts are moored, and the trawler basin. It is certainly the most well-known view of La Rochelle with its two tower..

  • 2 Old Quarter Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    rue de la Ferté F - 17000 La Rochelle

    The dwellings around the Town Hall, Rue des Merciers and Rue du Palais were built with two ways out; on the ground floor they have a large room often converted into a shop, then an interior courtyard with staircase and gallery; on the first floor a d..

  • 3 Poitevin Marsh Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 17000 La Rochelle

    The aquatic and plant world of the Poitevin Marsh resembles a huge maze of waterways and paths. A boat ride will take you gliding over the green water of the Wet Marsh, nicknamed the Green Venice, starting from Coulon, Le Vanneau, Damvix, Maillezais ..

  • 4 Natural History Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    28 rue Albert-1er F - 17000 La Rochelle

    Situated at the entrance to the Jardin des Plantes, the museum is set up in two buildings which face each another. The Lafaille Museum is home to the Lafaille exhibition which includes an amazing coquillier, as well as Clément de Lafaille's furniture..

  • 5 St Nicolas Tower Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    2 quai Simenon F - 17000 La Rochelle

    This slightly leaning tower (total height 42 m) is a veritable fortress. It was built in the 14C and named after the patron saint of navigators. An external staircase leads to the main room, from which other staircases lead to additional rooms. These..

  • 6 Lantern Tower Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    F - 17000 La Rochelle

    The 15C lantern tower, newer than the others, combines aesthetic and military considerations. The massive tower is topped by a large steeple and a thin stone lantern (once a lighthouse), and has 6m-thick walls at the base. It has four floors of rooms..

  • 7 Aquarium Recommended Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    Quai Louis-Prunier F - 17000 La Rochelle

    The La Rochelle Aquarium, a large vessel made of wood and glass, presents over 10,000 marine creatures from the Atlantic, the Mediterranean, the Caribbean and the Pacific in an original way, and its 65 pools recreate the environments of the species a..

  • 8 New World Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    10 rue Fleuriau F - 17000 La Rochelle

    The Fleuriau Hotel with its wood-panelled Louis XV and Louis XVI rooms, houses collections that illustrate close relationship between La Rochelle and the Americas since the Renaissance. Many La Rochelle ship owners became very rich trading with Canad..

  • 9 Rue Chaudrier Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    rue Chaudrier F - 17000 La Rochelle

    At n° 6, on a tiled plaque in front of the old half-timbered house, there is an inscription by Ronsard to the glory of Chaudrier, one of the defenders of La Rochelle.

  • 10 Great Clock Gate Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    place Barentin F - 17000 La Rochelle

    This Gothic tower used to be the entrance to the town from the harbour side. The belfry in the centre is topped by a polygonal dome and a lantern light, and houses the clock face and the clock mechanism. The two towers on either side contain maritime..

  • 11 Rue du Palais Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    rue du Palais F - 17000 La Rochelle

    This is one of the main streets of La Rochelle, linking the business and residential areas. On the right there is a string of shops underneath galleries built in different eras and styles. On the left are more galleries and public buildings.

  • 12 Stock Exchange House Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    rue du Palais F - 17000 La Rochelle

    Seat of the chamber of commerce since its foundation, this building was constructed in the 18C in the early Louis XVI style. There is a courtyard with a gallery, a portico decorated with maritime trophies, and a fine ramped staircase in wrought iron...

  • 13 Henri II House Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    11 bis rue des Augustins F - 17000 La Rochelle

    At the end of the garden stands this luxurious house built in 1555 by Hugues de Pontard, lord of Champdeniers. The façade is in the Henry II style, with two pavilions, a gallery and loggia, and a frieze with vertical stripes, medallions and bucrania.

  • 14 Charruyer Park Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    route de Porte-Neuve F - 17000 La Rochelle

    This 2 km-long and 200m-wide park surrounds the town along its old fortifications. It is a most pleasant place, with winding alleys running through it and a river where swans and herons frolic. It extends to the West on the Mail.

  • 15 Mail Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Parc Charruyer F - 17000 La Rochelle

    This majestic alley of elm trees, which extends past Charruyer Park and ends at the war memorial created by Joaquim Costa, is a favourite walk for the inhabitants of La Rochelle. Orbigny Park and Delmas Park border it on the seaward side.

  • 16 Law Courts Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    rue du Palais F - 17000 La Rochelle

    The Palais de Justice has a majestic façade with cannelated Corinthian columns and a sculpted frieze.

  • 17 Rue de l'Escale Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    rue de l’Escale F - 17000 La Rochelle

    The round paving stones of this street were formerly used as ballast by vessels coming from Canada; they are lined with arcades and porches behind which stand fine 18C residences.

  • 18 St Louis' Cathedral Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Rue Chaudrier F - 17000 La Rochelle

    The inhabitants of La Rochelle would like to tell us that their cathedral built by the architects Gabriel, father and son, is a masterpiece without compare. You must go in there however to see in the third chapel on the lower left side the votive off..

  • 19 Rue des Merciers Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Grande-Rue-des-Merciers F - 17000 La Rochelle

    This very busy street is one of the most typical of La Rochelle, with its many galleries and 16C and 17C houses. Half-timbered medieval houses covered with slate alternate with Renaissance buildings sporting fantastic sculpted gargoyles.

  • 20 La Rochelle Town Hall Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rue de l’Hôtel-de-Ville F - 17000 La Rochelle

    The town hall was badly damaged by the fire of 28 June 2013, especially the Renaissance part, but the works of art and listed furnishings were relatively unscathed. This composite building is worthy of note for its rich decorations. The courtyard is ..

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