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July 14th, 2009
La Rochelle 170300
Charente-Maritime Poitou-Charentes
46.162 -1.152 10 m

It is so beautiful, La Rochelle

One view.
Another view.

In la Rochelle, the TOUR SAINT-NICOLAS, Saint-Nicolas tower, 14th century, at the entrance of the VIEUX PORT, old harbour, and one of sea bus, which are completely electric.

_ The TOUR SAINT-NICOLAS is one of the iconic towers of the VIEUX PORT in La Rochelle. Chain linking the Tour de la Chaîne of the fourteenth century, was denied access to the port.
Construction lasted from 1345 to 1376. The marshy nature of the soil, required the prior construction of a raft made of oak piles driven to a depth of 6 m and networked with other pieces of oak. The heavy weight of the masonry was sinking foundations causing a tilt of 20 cm to the east. It took years to stabilize the ground and straighten the tower, which kept a tilt characteristic, more or less visible depending on the viewpoint. Height of 36 m and a diameter of 23 m, its thick walls 3 to 6 m, turrets, parapets, battlements, loopholes and other devices, were well defended construction.

_ The VIEUX PORT from La Rochelle, was the 12th to the 15th century the first Atlantic port.
The 17th and 18th century, he served half the traffic to the French colonies in North America.

La Rochelle Vieux Port virtual visit.

La Rochelle is a french commune, located in the department of the Charente-Maritime of the Poitou-Charentes area, populated with 74707 Rochelais in 2009, distributed out of 28.4 km², that is to say 2 630.5 hab./km².

La Rochelle history.

Thanks to the Gulf Stream, the anticyclone of the Azores, and the thermal inertia of the ocean, the average sunning of La Rochelle is close to that of Perpignan, and is best of Atlantique coast with 2250 hours of annual sunning. Soft winters, and moderate pluviometry supports the development of plants and Mediterranean trees, like the holm oak.

My images of la Rochelle.

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