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Created around 1650 by Colbert, the military port of Rochefort rapidly became an important maritime location. 20,000 people lived there in 1671 and worked in the port. The town was built of wood at firs but was then reconstructed under the direction of Superintendent Bégon. The Arsenal «the most magnificent in the kingdom» employed between 5 and 10,000 workers. It has not been in use since 1921 but Pierre Loti's town is still impregnated with the perfume of all its earlier maritime adventures.

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  • Corderie Royale Recommended Recommended

    Jardin de la Marine F - 17300 Rochefort

    Built by Colbert in 1666, the building is anchored on a timber form comprised of a grid of oak beams. A rare example of 17C industrial architecture, this classical building was the assembly point for rope used on the great warships. The advent of ste..

  • L'Hermione Recommended Recommended

    Place de l’Am.-Dupont F - 17300 Rochefort

    Since 1997 craftsmen have been reconstructing a replica of Hermione, Lafayette's famous ''12-pounder frigate''. One of the shipyard's dry docks was restored to work on the 45m three-masted vessel. At the reconstruction site you will learn all about t..

  • Arsenal Quarter Recommended Recommended

    route de l’Arsenal F - 17300 Rochefort

    The shipyard stretched along the Charente River on two levels (they still exist today) separated by slipways or dry docks. It had 11 construction yards and careening basins of which the Old Form is the oldest masonry dry dock in the world. A foundry,..

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Hotels Rochefort

  • ibis Rochefort Three stars Three stars Three stars

    1-3 Rue Begon. F - 17300 ROCHEFORT

    Prix Prices from : 58 €

    "Ibis Hotel is very close to the city center of Rochefort, near the train station, marina and airport. It is 30 minutes from the tourist area of La Rochelle, 40 minutes from Royan and the islands of Oléron and Ré. The hotel boasts 66 air-conditi..

  • ibis budget Rochefort Two stars Two stars

    Zone du Brillouet F - 17300 ROCHEFORT

    Prix Prices from : 44 €

    On the outskirts of Rochefort, built by Colbert, and a former military arsenal, the ibis budget (formerly Etap Hotel) is your smart choice for accommodation! When you travel, choose to stay in a modern and inviting room designed for 1, 2 or 3 people ..

  • Citotel Hotel de France

    55 rue du Dr Peltier F - 17300 Rochefort

    Located in the centre of Rochefort, the Citotel Hotel De France is only 400 metres from the thermal spa. It offers free Wi-Fi access. Each guest room at the Hotel de France has a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom. The Hotel De France Citotel is..

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