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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vue du port sur le batiment de l'aquarium
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Located in the city center, facing the old harbor, discover one of the greatest European private aquariums. During 2h, visit the heart of the Ocean, meet over 12 000 marine animals, and be amazed by the biodiversity of the Atlantic, Mediterranean Sea and Tropics. Experiment a brand new immersion into the underwater world,...

CLOCHER ST BARTHELEMY
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Gothic bell tower dating from the 15th century belonging to St Barthélémy Church where the election of the mayor used to take place every year. The church was destroyed in 1568 during the religious wars. CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC

CLOITRE DES DAMES BLANCHES
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In the XVII° century the Récollets, Franciscans who settled in La Rochelle after the Great Siege of 1628 built their convent from a large parcel of land. After the Revolution the "Dames Blanches", a women's religious order settled in the convent. In 1988 the town bought the convent and later on the Communauté...

LA GROSSE HORLOGE
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The Town Clock is on the gateway tower situated in what remains of the medieval town wall separating the old town and the harbour. The XIV century massive base had two gates, one for carriages and one for pedestrians, but was altered to one archway in 1672. In 1746 the pepper-box roofs were replaced by a dome with pilasters,...

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CHATEAU DE BUZAY
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Built in around 1770, the Château de Buzay is testament to the way of life in La Rochelle at the time that the privileged links between its port and the New World colonies were established.

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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...

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