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July 21 2007
Saint-Clément-des-Baleines 170318 17590
Charente-Maritime Poitou-Charentes
46.233 -1.550 5 m

The Tower of the Whales, 17th century

The tower of the whales is located on the commune of Saint-Clément-des-Baleines, at the North-western point of the island of Ré. Many strandings of whales took place in the past, from where the name of the lighthouse and of the commune.
The tower was built of 1669 to 1682 by architect AUGIER, on order of Colbert, and a program of Vauban to be useful, with the lighthouse of Chassiron on the island of Oléron, of cover advanced with the arsenal of Rochefort, created in 1666.
The tower had function of monitoring, ensuring the protection of the naval port of Rochefort and allowing the maritime observation. It ensured the assistance navigation and lighting, burning fish oil.
She was built with hard stones of Saint-Savinien, in Poitou-Charentes. The old tower of the Whales was on classified Historic building June 22, 1904. Of a height 29 m, and 8 m in diameter, and built with hard stones of Saint-Savinien, it comprises 3 stages with 3 parts which one can reach by a spiral staircase.
The old tower is replaced by the Lighthouse of the Whales at the Western point of the island of Ré, built of 1849 and brought into service in 1854.

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http://www.lepharedesbaleines.fr/vieille_tour.htm

Saint-Clément-des-Baleines is a French commune, located on the Island of Ré, department of the Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes area, populated of 728 Villagers and Villageoises, distributed on 7 km², is 107 hab/km².
There remains of important remainders blockhouse of the Atlantic Wall, dating from the Second World war. Certain scenes of film "the longest day" were turned on the Northern beach http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint-Cl%C3%A9ment-of-Whales

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