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    Musée des Modéles Réduits

    by gwened Written Dec 30, 2014

    A wonderful museum of all in miniatures from trains, bus,moto, cars, and boats as well as some planes, and fire engine trucks. Great fun for the whole family and we really like it

    You have models of the titanic, mayflower, and other famous boats and trains of our time.

    Opening hours are 14h to 19h outside school vacation and during school period here 10h to 12h30 and 14h to 19h ,July and August opens from 9h30 to 19h, admission is 11€ good value to combine it with a visit to the next door reduits museum. Good for both museum just keep your ticket.

    the tourist office on it
    http://www.larochelle-tourisme.com/a-voir-a-faire/decouvrir-la-rochelle/musees/123305-musee-des-automates-et-modeles-reduits

    Mus��e des Mod��les R��duits entrance Mayflower pilgrims boat USA mississippi show boat La Couronne, the first boat ordered by Richelieu the train city in miniature
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    musée Maritime

    by gwened Written Dec 30, 2014

    This one traces the history of seafaring in La Rochelle and is also a must to see. The tourist office site is here
    http://www.larochelle-tourisme.com/a-voir-a-faire/decouvrir-la-rochelle/musees/123310-musee-maritime
    It opens again in April 2015. Normal hours April 1 to September 30 open 7/7 days from 10H to 18H30 (19h in July and August). It has night visits on wednesdays in August check new dates next year, as at this night event the museum stays open until 22h .reservation required

    Musée Maritime gathered a fleet of eight ships: the meteorological frigate France I, the trawler back Angoumois, tug Saint-Gilles, the classic trawler Manuel Joël, Joshua, Bernard Moitessier, the SNSM Commander Leverger canoe ketch, the dredge TD6 and Duperré, major canoe star. La Rochelle Naval Museum has developed on its quays a reception policy of classic yachts whose owners are committed to sail and race. The project of restoration of the Slipway will complement this dynamic and will give La Rochelle of a tool suitable for the restoration, maintenance of the boats. Just great history for the whole family.

    musee maritime the canopy of the maritime museum getting to main entrance on quai gabut passerelle to aquarium and Maritime
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    Musée des Automates

    by gwened Written Dec 30, 2014

    This is a wonderful museum that I always walk by and this time with the family went in and was glad.

    It was open to the public in 1984 taking over 30 years to collect the items for it here, unique in France.

    You have model figurines of commercials of old, and Streets setting from Montmartre to old Streets of Paris, and the Moulin Rouge. Great accordion players and ladies of the court also enables the visitor to transport him or her to the times in memorials.

    Opening hours are 14h to 19h outside school vacation and during school period here 10h to 12h30 and 14h to 19h ,July and August opens from 9h30 to 19h, admission is 11€ good value to combine it with a visit to the next door reduits museum. Good for both museum just keep your ticket.
    Tourist office site on it here
    http://www.holidays-la-rochelle.co.uk/what-to-see-and-do/discover-la-rochelle/museums/123305-musee-des-automates-et-modeles-reduits

    Museum of Automates main hall upon entrance entering the metro of Paris typical Paris street with commercials more streets walking with figures commercial autos
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    Church Saint Sauveur

    by gwened Written Dec 29, 2014

    One of the top 3 in town to see as far as churches are concerned, this one is right in the old town section near the quais or wharfs.
    The church of Saint-Sauveur (before that of Sainte-Madeleine) has a style Louis XIII,builts end of the 17C.

    It was started a Church here in 1157AD by the monks of the island of Aix. Fire destroyed it in 1419 and rebuilt again in 1492 in flamboyant gothic style. On the religius wars, at first both protestant and catholic held service here but later the protestants kick the catholic out in 1568. After the taking back by the catholic the Church was renovated in 1720. During the French revolution the flag of the French company of hunters was raised here in 1790, closed in 1792 it then served as stock for the marine. It eventually was put for sale in 1794 and it became a warehouse for the navy. it was return to religious cult in September 1802. The Church has overcome several renovation periods thereafter.

    At the choir it has important paintings done in the 1700 and 1800's. More in the chapel of the Virgin, and left and right of it.Also,more in the chapel of the sacred heart or sacre cœur. It has an organ that has been renovated several times, and the bells are two at the belltower.

    A very nice historical piece of La Rochelle and a must to see as well; we were there in the evening

    church Saint Sauveur painting of ascension of Jesus a model boat for its maritime vocation altar surrounded by statues of two angels chapel of holy sacrement
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    Cathedral Saint Louis

    by gwened Written Dec 29, 2014

    This is a nice Church right in old town. All that see are marvel of it, and me too.
    It started as the Church of Saint Barthélemy ordered by the Pope Eugene III; later the Church was raised as parrish Church in 1217.

    In 1429, Charles VII accept the title of founder of a chapel, and on 1542 François Ier attends Mass with the princes and bishops. On February 6, 1558 , David,the dresser of the king and queen of Navarre visits the town, pray at the remains of Saint-Barthélemy,and read the dogma of the reformist church. The edit of Nantes of 1559 finds the Church in ruins.

    In 1668 a new Church is ordered built, and the first Mass in the new Church is done in 1678. A fire in 1687,it housed a chapter of the Cathedral due to the damaged to the Cathédrale Saint-Barthélemy-Du-Grand-Temple. The chapter in the Cathedral leave the Church to go into the new Cathedral in 1784. In 1793, the city made the Church a market of grains and flours, and becomes a space for spectacles until finally in 1797, it is sold and demolished.

    In 1742, the first stone is layed on the new Cathedral and it was blessed in june 1784. After many time loss on lack of funds the construction continues from 1849 ,and in 1857,the building is finally done with exception of the two towers and decorations. The Cathedral took the belltower from the parish of Saint Barthélemy, and it was renamed under the Saint-Louis,and Saint-Barthélemy. The dates to honor the Church are then August 24 for Saint-Barthélemy ,and August 25 for Saint-Louis.

    The organ is from 1835, and various chapels and paintings decorated the new Cathedral. The stained glass is from the 19C in 3 different periods.

    Indeed a wonderful Church to visit while in town.

    Cathedral Saint Louis back of Cathedral the nave of Cathedral the altar of Cathedral side of Cathedral
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    The Big Clock of La Rochelle

    by gwened Written Dec 17, 2014

    or the Grosse Horloge de La Rochelle , is an old gate of the city dating from the medieval old city of Guillaume X. It became unused with the enlargement of the city, it houses a bell and clock dating from 1478 ,and it became the clocktower of the town replacing the one at the old porte de Mallevault.

    Today, it is one of the principal axis to the quais (wharfs) by the quai Duperré. and the old city. The bell call Suzanne is 1,54 meters in diameter and weights 2,2 tons; still sound every day at mid day.

    More in French here
    http://www.visiter-la-rochelle.fr/monuments/porte-grosse-horloge.html

    Grosse Horloge in evening facing grosse horloge from quai duperr�� Grosse Horloge of La Rochelle quai Duperr�� looking at Grosse Horloge back on rue du palais grosse horloge
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    The towers of La Rochelle

    by gwened Written Dec 17, 2014

    There are in city center by the port and mark the essence of a visit here. First there is a fee of 8,50€ adults and Open every day from April 1 to SEptember 30 from 10h-13h and 14h15-18h30, and from October 1 to March 31 from 10h-13h and 14h15-17h30.

    They are the Tour Saint NIcolas,built from 1372 and serve as defensive tower, the top offers a great view of the islands île d'aix, Oléron, Fort Boyard, and Perthuis d'Antioche.
    Tour de la Chaîne, because it had a chain to close the harbor, and it houses now a museum of immigration to the New World (Americas)
    and tour de la lanterne,only medieval lighthouse on the Atlantique sea coast,and the walls are full of graffitti of the corsairs and other prisioners here since the 17C

    The towers especially the tour Saint-Nicolas and tour de la Chaîne serves to regulate the entrance of ships into the harbor. All of them were done as residences but two held prisioners !!! , the Saint Nicolas and de la Chaîne between the 16C and 18C for the Huguenots,and then corsairs and foreign seaman. They became military prisonns in the middle of the 19C. The tour de la Lanterne serve to disarmed the boats in pieces and serve as a lighthouse

    very nice history and great to walk around them too. More in French here
    http://www.visiter-la-rochelle.fr/monuments/les-trois-tours.html

    and in English from La Rochelle tourist office
    http://www.holidays-la-rochelle.co.uk/what-to-see-and-do/discover-la-rochelle/monuments-to-visit

    esplanade Saint Jean d'Acre tour de la Lanterne tours st nicolas,de la chaine ,and lanterne tour Saint Nicolas harbor with tour St Nicolas and De La Chaine tour de la lanterne on concurrence beach
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    Vieux Port

    by alectrevor Updated Nov 19, 2014

    The old harbour that used to be protected by chains across from the towers. There are boat trips to look at Fort Boyard [ around it ] from here. Fort Boyard was featured in a TV programme.a few years ago.

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    Trip to Rochefort

    by alectrevor Updated Nov 9, 2014

    Rochefort is about half an hour .by train from La Rochelle. The trains were on strike so i went by bus. about 45 minutes..The train station in Rochefort is a fair way out of town ,so i think bus is better to end of route,.Roy Bry. Bus number 9 leaves the GARE SNCF in La Rochelle on main road, not in bus spaces in front of station. sample times were 7.45, 10.40, and 13.25.My return was from Thermes stop., in Rochefort.

    Signalling tower Chateau d St Louis, neo classic style from 1662. Sungate built 1830 entry to Arsenal

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    Chain Towers

    by alectrevor Updated Nov 9, 2014

    The two towers used to have a chain between them at night to protect the harbour. The left round tower is called the chain tower., Right is called St Nicolas tower. The towers are from the 14th and 15th century.

    Chain Tower St Nicolas tower

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    Le Bunker

    by alectrevor Updated Nov 9, 2014

    The bunker is at 8 rue des Dammes La Rochelle. Admission is 7 euro. The bunker was used under a hotel by German U - boat crews. It is fitted out by scenes from the time including the bar more or less has it was My picture is a painting on the wall at bunker entrance. Information is mainly in french,there are small info pieces in english and german. I was also loaned a huge info book in english, i picked out the bits that interested me.or i would still be there now. The German U -boat unit 3e U-Flotilla moved to La Rochelle actually La Pallice in 1941 and were there till 1945 the end of the war.

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    musée d'histoire naturelle,La Rochelle

    by gwened Written Apr 23, 2014

    wonderful museum of natural history ,hours, prices as they may change look ahead at the site
    http://www.museum-larochelle.fr/en/opening-times.html

    With five exhibition levels, nearly 2,500m² dedicated to natural history and ethnology collections from outside Europe, the Museum d’histoire naturelle invites you on a journey to the heart of science.

    A panorama of the marshes that surround La Rochelle, the ground floor unveils the history and richness of a fragile coastal territory that is constantly changing, as the collection of fossils exhibited on the ground floor reveals. A stop in front of the Clément Lafaille cabinet is necessary to admire his 18th century furniture, which is unique in Europe and has been recently restored.

    Then head for the 1st floor where the famous Zarafa giraffe takes the visitor on a journey to discover one of the most significant periods in the history of science: the 19th century. This was the period where the zoology gallery opened to the public, where naturalists from the region took part in major scientific exhibitions, and the period which produced new scientific disciplines…

    The ethnographic collections on the 2nd and 3rd floors enable visitors to understand the cultural diversity of people from outside Europe and the way in which the people who gathered them changed their opinions.

    The fully renovated museum offers a contemporary, accessible and interactive museum layout, to discover the biodiversity of the natural environments and the cultural diversity of the populations of Africa, America and Oceania.

    great for the whole family in city center.

    Mus��e d'Histoire Naturelle entrance mus��e d'histoire naturelle garden arriving at museum courtyard front of museum
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    Tour de la Lanterne

    by black_mimi99 Updated Jul 22, 2011

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    The Lantern Tower (Tour de la Lanterne) is the only medieval lighthouse on the Atlantic Coast that is still standing (1445), the lantern tower contains a remarkable array of graffiti, carved into the walls by the pirates and prisoners that were held here after it was converted to a prison in the 17th century.

    Tour de la Lanterne

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    Defensive Towers

    by black_mimi99 Written Jul 22, 2011

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    The most recognisable landmark in La Rochelle, the three towers - now together a listed National Monument - stand at the entrance to the harbour. They once formed the most important part of the town defences against invasion from the sea.

    Looking towards the sea from in the port area, left to right are the Saint Nicolas Tower and the Chain Tower, each side of the harbour entrance, then along the ramparts a little way is the third tower, the Tower of the Lantern.

    All towers can be visited, To see all three towers takes about 2-3 hours. a combined ticket to see all three costs 10.5 euros, and includes a crossing on the 'water bus' between the two opposite sides of the harbour.

    La Rochelle Towers - Mi's

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    Tour St Nicolas

    by Suet Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This is the huge tower that dominates the harbour. It's worth climbing up to see it even if just for the good views of the town. Quite an impressive structure, it dates from 14th - 15th Century.

    The website below tells you a little more about the town and what you can expect to see.

    outside entrance information information inside looking up

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