Lantern and slaughtered priests

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The Lanterne tower - ©Jean-Pierre Bazard / CC-BY-SA The Lanterne tower - ©Jean-Pierre Bazard / CC-BY-SA
La Rochelle Lantern tower Fortification

One of the vestiges of La Rochelle's ramparts. The construction of that 7-meters high tower began in 1445 and finished in 1476. We used to call it Lantern's lighthouse, simply because there was a big torch burning inside to guide ships in case of bad weather.

Also known as Garrot's tower and Priest's tower. Garrot refers to a machine which disarmed ships before they get to the harbour. But why Priests? Because some of them were massacred here during the French Revolution...


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