Meanwhile, back to La Rochelle, the city we visited on October 22, 2018. This is fourth tower in my series, after the two towers that guard the entrance to the old harbor and the 15th century Saint-Sauveur church tower. It is known as the Tour de la Lanterne. The round base is a tower that dates back to the 1200s or even earlier. The top, in the form of a steeple, was added on in the mid-1400s. The Tour de la Lanterne was built as a lighthouse. Below is a photo I took standing at the base of the Lanterne looking straight up. The tower underwent restoration work in the early 1900s.
Here also is a view in which you can see the three seafront towers of La Rochelle. I took it from the opposite side of the old harbor. The Lanterne, on the right, measures 55 meters (180 feet) in height.
During the 16th century religious wars, when La Rochelle fell under Protestant control, Catholics fled the city. Thirteen Catholic priests were imprisoned in the Lanterne tower, and then murdered. For a while, the towers was known as the Tour des Prêtres.
Religious wars are the worst. I love seeing all the blue sky in your photos.ReplyDelete
We were so lucky with the weather out on the coast in October.Delete
The Lanterne is looking pretty jolly spiffy. It's obviously been recently cleaned. How's the town hall rebuild after the fire, and the Nat Hist museum going? Did you pop in to see Zarafa?ReplyDelete
Funny that my giraffe story, brought back by the passing of Pres. Bush père, coincides with the La Rochelle posts, since a giraffe plays a big part in that city's history. We didn't see Zarafa, and we didn't see the Hôtel de Ville. Work is progressing, according to this article.Delete
Looking at the third picture, I think you may have solved a small mystery for me. I have an impressionist-style small oil painting by a Japanese artist called Koen Okada, and I've thought for a long time it looked like a harbor entrance -- the water close in separated from the water farther out by a spit of land, and on one side a white mass that could well be the middle of those towers.ReplyDelete
I'll try to get a decent picture, send it to you, see what you think.
I'll look forward to that.Delete
Is yours one of these paintings by Koen Okada?Delete