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The old port

Historic site and monument Historic patrimony Old port
The old port
Quai Duperré
17000 - La Rochelle
The Vieux-Port is the oldest port of La Rochelle and the historical heart of this city of Charente-Maritime (Nouvelle-Aquitaine). The Chain Tower and the Saint-Nicolas Tower guard the entrance to this medieval port.
Since the 13th century, the port of La Rochelle has occupied this site. It is likely that from the beginning it was fortified. The remaining towers date from the 14th and 15th centuries. They survived the destruction of the enclosure after the siege of 1628. On each side of the entrance, the Saint-Nicolas tower, the highest, and the Chain tower, and further on, linked to the latter by a curtain wall, the Lantern tower, both a lighthouse and a prison.
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