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Tour de la Lanterne

Opposite Tour St-Nicolas, La Rochelle, France
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Climb to the top

We enjoyed our visit to The Lantern Tower or The Four Sergeants Tower on the waterfront at La... read more

Reviewed 8 December 2016
Barbara L
Mooloolaba, Australia
Tourist Must

Well, you can't miss it and there's little point in going to La Rochelle if you don't take a look... read more

Reviewed 6 October 2016
Hinckley, United Kingdom
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“prison” (4 reviews)
“carvings” (2 reviews)
“graffiti” (4 reviews)
Opposite Tour St-Nicolas, La Rochelle, France
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Reviewed 8 December 2016

We enjoyed our visit to The Lantern Tower or The Four Sergeants Tower on the waterfront at La Rochelle. Not only was it used as a signal for ships but as a prison. There are 162 steps up the spiral staircase to the top walkway...More

Thank Barbara L
Reviewed 6 October 2016

Well, you can't miss it and there's little point in going to La Rochelle if you don't take a look and trust me, if you have any inclination towards things historical it will be worth it.

Thank JeremyPC
Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

Very limited artefacts exhibited but the view is worth the staircase getting tinier and tinier as you go up. Watch out for the graffiti too from prisoners, testament from its rich history. Shame the person at reception was terribly rude (did not even say hello...More

Thank Rickidy
Reviewed 20 May 2016

If you go all the way to the top, the views are incredible! It can be windy, but it wasn't too bad the day I was there. The carvings from the prisoners was interesting, but I had made my way through here in about 30...More

1  Thank OregonLady80
Reviewed 1 August 2015

Free for me as aged between 18 and 25 but paid for the brochure as felt I should pay something. Great view, lots to take on. Incredible history behind it and if you don't speak French, a lot of it is provided in English as...More

1  Thank Edward P
Reviewed 30 August 2013

This is inspiring yet disturbing. To think that this lighthouse doubled up as a prison is weird. Yet they were not locked in, other than in the tower, so could walk up and down the stairs doing graffiti on the way! A must for any...More

2  Thank thecatfairy
Reviewed 2 September 2012

What a joy, a museum of historic graffiti . Fantastic that someone had the foresight to preserve this piece of history. I even found reference to men from my home town who had been held in the tower & immortalised by their carvings 350 years...More

3  Thank Zeus_Faber_12
Reviewed 20 August 2012

After climbing some 200 steps you can ascend the towers of La Rochelle to find some amazing views of the city! Plus it's free for under 26s with an EU passport

2  Thank Lushlibz
Reviewed 18 August 2012 via mobile

We visited la Rochelle with our 8 yr old and 4 yr old and went up the middle tower, they loved it! Amazing views over this beautiful city, we walked along the wall to the beach. Enjoyable day out in this historical merchants city.

1  Thank Brommer
Reviewed 6 July 2012

Just an old tower but interesting enough and nice to look at.

1  Thank Jan-Ernst d
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