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La Rochelle

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This suggested walk, which is indicated by a dotted in line on the city map enables you to discover La Rochelle on foot in one hour and a half.

The Saint-Sauveur Church, the quaysides and the three towers, dating from the 14h and 15h century, and the clock tower are visible remnants of La Rochelle's medieval past.

Walking along Rue du Palais and Rue The Chaudrier are lined by long arcades, you will see to your left the "Hôtel de la Bourse", the law courts both dating back to the 18th century.

In the right, you will notice the "Maison Henri II", on the corner of Rue des Augustins before reaching the Cathedral situated in the 3Place de Verdun”.

During the 18th century, much of the city's wealth derived from its trade with Africa, the sugar islands of the Caribbean, Louisiana, "Nouvelle France" (Quebec) as well as with China and India from whence came expensive wares such as silk and chinaware.

The "Café de la Paix" opened around 1900 and was a meeting place for artists and writers such as Raoul Dufy, Bernard Buffet and Georges Simenon. From here make your way down the Rue du Minage to the Place de la "Fontaine du Pilori" and to the market square with its indoor market where a busy and colorful scene awaits you.

Take the rue Saint-Yon and will come to the town hall, then continue down rue Dupaty and Rue du palais where you will join the Rue du Temple and the Rue des Gentilshommes. This neighborhood will take you back to the prosperous period 1530-1628 during which La Rochelle was the main stronghold of the Portestan Huguenots on the Atlantic coast. In 1628, the city was placed under siege before surrendering to King Louis XIII and Cardinal Richelieu. Thus bringing this prosperous period and the independence of this once Protestan city to an end.

Finally, stroll down rue des Merciers, rue des Dames and the Cours Saint-Michel, stopping to admire the "Dames Blanches" convent, before continuing on to the Protestan temple, which marks the end of this walk.

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