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  • 1 Maritime Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    quai Place Bernard-Moitessier F - 17000 La Rochelle

    This site divided into two parts along the Chalutiers Basin recounts the maritime history and life of La Rochelle. The floating museum has ships of all sizes from the ketch on which Bernard Moitissier participated in the first round-the-world solo ya..

  • 2 Port des Minimes Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    quai Marillac F - 17000 La Rochelle

    Three floating basins in deep water (Lazaret, Bout-Blanc and Marillac) can hold 3,200 keel boats of all types. It was the first yachting port on this side of the Atlantic.

  • 3 Gabut Quarter

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    quai Georges-Simenon F - 17000 La Rochelle

    Today this area is residential and commercial, but was once a place occupied by fishermen's storehouses. The brightly coloured wood-panelled façades give it a Nordic look.

  • 4 Cours des Dames

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    cours des Dames F - 17000 La Rochelle

    This quay lined with old shipowners' houses served as a berth for high vessels. The esplanade planted with lime trees is one of the liveliest places in town and is the point of departure for boat rides.

  • 5 La Coursive

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    rue St-Jean-du-Pérot F - 17000 La Rochelle

    This theatre, once a Carmelite chapel, has a 17C doorway and an attractive arcaded courtyard.

  • 6 Rue sur les murs

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    rue Sur-les-Murs F - 17000 La Rochelle

    This street linking the Chain Tower to the Lantern Tower runs along the top of the medieval ramparts, the only section of the fortifications not destroyed by Richelieu.

  • 7 Quai Duperré

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    quai Duperré F - 17000 La Rochelle

    The quayside, lined with cafes, is an excellent place to observe the harbour. The St Nicholas and Chain Towers frame the perspective, including a view of the pointed top of the Lantern Tower. Several streets inhabited by sailors lead down to the quay..

  • 8 Place des Petits-bancs

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    place des Petits-Bancs F - 17000 La Rochelle

    The square features an attractive 1654 house with a sculpted façade and a statue of La Rochelle native son Eugène Fromentin (1820-1876), a writer and orientalist painter (one should read his Dominique before visiting La Rochelle).

  • 9 Venette House

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    rue de l’Escale F - 17000 La Rochelle

    A façade dotted with Latin phrases and the sculpted heads of great doctors from antiquity and the Middle Ages such as Avicenne, Hippocrates and Galen. It is hard to imagine how Mr Venette could have been anything other than a doctor.

  • 10 Cafe de la Paix

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    54 rue Chaudrier F - 17000 La Rochelle

    A typical café from the early 20C: glass panels in the form of arcades decorated with frosted glass motifs, sculpted wood panels, gilding, large arch mirror, chandeliers and trompe-l'oeil medallions. One can easily imagine the shipowners sitting here..

  • 11 Rue du Minage

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    rue du Minage F - 17000 La Rochelle

    This street is lined by arcades in irregular shapes, a somewhat whimsical alignment that contributes to its charm. There are very old houses adorned with friezes and sculptures or windows with triangular dormers. It ends at Pilori Fountain.

  • 12 Protestant Temple of La Rochelle

    Religious buildings

    2 rue St-Michel F - 17000 La Rochelle

    This former Recollect Chapel, built in 1708, boasts a superb Classical façade sculpted with palms and draperies. In an adjacent room is La Rochelle's Museum of Protestant History (Musée Rochelais d'Histoire Protestante).

  • 13 Church of St Sauveur

    Religious buildings

    rue St-Sauveur F - 17000 La Rochelle

    This Classical church was built in the 17C and 18C, while the tall clock tower is from the 15C.

  • 14 La Rochelle Protestant Museum

    Museums and art

    2 rue St-Michel F - 17000 La Rochelle

    Protestantism is an important part of the history of La Rochelle, and the town was subjected to the terrible sieges of 1573 and 1627 due to support for it among the local population. The museum traces the history of Protestantism in the La Rochelle r..

  • 15 Fine Art Museum

    Museums and art

    28 rue Gargoulleau F - 17000 La Rochelle

    In the ancient Episcopal palace, there are portraits by La Rochelle artists, compositions by William Bouguereau Orientalist paintings by Eugene Fromentin. there is also a section devoted to the 20C showing glassworks by Maurice Martinot and a Miserer..

  • 16 La Ville-en-Bois

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    rue de la Désirée F - 17000 La Rochelle

    These low wooden houses, former boat repair workshops, lent their name to the quarter that extends to the West of the large basin. After being destroyed by a fire, it was rebuilt and now houses craftsmen, the University and museums.

  • 17 Chain Tower

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    F - 17000 La Rochelle

    Formerly used as a powder magazine, this tower owes its name to the large chains that once linked it at night to St Nicholas Tower. If Rabelais is to be believed, the chain was used to tie down Pantagruel in his cradle! Today the tower contains a mus..

  • 18 Robot Museum

    Museums and art

    14 rue La Désirée F - 17000 La Rochelle

    300 moving figures rival each other in ingenuity to attract the visitors' attention in this magnificent décor complete with music. It is an astounding place, with amazingly realistic robots and some very successful reconstructions, including one of M..

  • 19 Market Square

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    place du Marché F - 17000 La Rochelle

    Two attractive old houses face each other at the entrance to Tout-y-Faut blind alley; one is half-timbered 15C, the other is 16C and made of stone, with narrow bays topped by pediments.

  • 20 Cloister of the White Ladies

    Religious buildings

    rue de la Ferté F - 17000 La Rochelle

    Like the Temple, the Cloitre des Dames Blanches was part of the Recollets Convent. Nowadays painting exhibitions and concerts are held under its 32 arcades.

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