Charente-Maritime
Rochefort
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Rochefort The Essential
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Created around 1650 by Colbert, the military port of Rochefort rapidly became an important maritime location. 20,000 people lived there in 1671 and worked in the port. The town was built of wood at firs but was then reconstructed under the direction of Superintendent Bégon. The Arsenal « the most magnificent in the kingdom » employed between 5 and 10,000 workers. It has not been in use since 1921 but Pierre Loti's town is still impregnated with the perfume of all its earlier maritime adventures.

Must see

Michelin's recommendations for Rochefort
Corderie Royale
Corderie Royale
Built by Colbert in 1666, the building
L'Hermione
L'Hermione
Since 1997 craftsmen have been
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Arsenal Quarter
Arsenal Quarter
The shipyard stretched along the
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National Museum of the Navy (Hôtel de Cheusses)
National Museum of the Navy (Hôtel de Cheusses)
A majestic doorway gives access to the
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Old Businesses Museum
Old Businesses Museum
This museum is a picturesque reminder of
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Former Naval Medical School
Former Naval Medical School
The School of Naval and Tropical
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