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Museums and tourist attractions

Whether you are in a distinctive hotel from the 18th century, on a boat, in one of the biggest private aquariums in Europe, in scenery recreated to size, in real bustling wineries or castles; La Rochelle’s museums and tourist attractions in the heart of La Rochelle and the surrounding area take you on incredible journeys to the heart of science, art, history and nature... Now boarding!

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MUSEE MARITIME DE LA ROCHELLE
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Come and discover the ports of La Rochelle in the great galleries of the pavilions: models, photos, engravings, records and objects will take you on a voyage from the year 1000 to the life of modern harbour jobs. A heritage to be experienced, ships to visit: France 1 - weather ship classified as a historical monument, a true...

Francis Giraudon
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The covered market was built from 1834 to 1836 on the site of the Grande-Boucherie, the town's first meat market. In 1893, side aisles were added to the central nave. On the other side of the square, facing the market, is a half-timbered house and the "Tout-yfaut" dead end, at the end of which opens a Renaissance mullioned...

MUSEE DE L'AUTOMOBILE
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About 1000m², discover the incredible collection of the museum of the automobile of Ciré d'Aunis: more than 60 vehicles dating from 1912 to 1973, enamelled plates, pumps with essence ... a real jump in the time! Open from May 1st to October 30th, every day from 2pm to 7pm. Prices : 8 € for adults Free for children under...

CATHEDRALE ST LOUIS
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After the Siege of 1628, the Catholics saw fit to make the former Protestant stronghold the head of a diocese. So it needed a cathedral. Jacques Gabriel drew up the plans but died just before the first stone was laid in 1742. His son and successor, Jacques-Ange Gabriel, directed the construction from afar, helped in 1773 by the...

Francis Giraudon
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Headquarters of the Chamber of Commerce from 1760 to 2002. Building of the purest 18th century with two wings joined by a gallery with columns marking out a courtyard where the compass rose on the ground and bas-reliefs on the façade (trophies, anchors, oars, sextants) are tributes to maritime traffic, the source of La...

TOURS DE LA ROCHELLE
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Saint Nicolas Tower : This military building facing the ocean symbolises the power and wealth of La Rochelle. Both a true keep, 42 metres high, and a residence, it was constructed around a labyrinth of staircases and corridors built within its walls. Chain Tower : From this Tower, entry to the old port, movement of ships was...

BUNKER DE LA ROCHELLE
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An incredible 300m² bunker right in the heart of the city where you can discover the history of La Rochelle from 1939 to its liberation on 8th May 1945! Built secretively in 1941 to protect German submarine commanders from the bombs, it has remained intact since 1945, and is finally open to the public! Educational booklets.

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