Tour Saint-Nicolas, La Rochelle, Poitou-Charentes, France 

The Saint-Nicolas tower is the most massive of the two towers that guard the entrance to the Old Port of La Rochelle. Built in order to protect the harbor from any danger coming from the sea, the tower Saint-Nicolas was connected by a chain blocking the access of the basin to its smaller neighbor, the tower of the Chaine. Visiting this austere and Gothic keep, dating from the 14th century, you will cross large stone rooms connected by steep and sometimes steep stairs, based on a complex communication plan. But the elevation of the 42 meters of the building is worth seeing for the magnificent panorama observable from its summit, all over the city and of course the ocean.rnThe tower is open every day of the week, for a visit that will last about an hour.

Built around 1345, the Saint-Nicolas tower closes the port of La Rochelle. It is based on a base designed to compensate for the marshy nature of the land. The work was interrupted during the period of the English occupation (1360-1372), it was not completed until 1376. It was originally composed of four large superimposed rooms covered with a pepper pot roof, but the upper level was destroyed during the Fronde.

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