Harbour

The amphitheatre - ©Patricia.fidi / Public domain The amphitheatre - ©Patricia.fidi / Public domain

Jules’ market Former Forum Julii, ″Jules’ market″, Fréjus was born between 58 and 44 BC. At that time, Caesar ruled over the Gaul. Augustus brought a harbour to the city. Besides, Strabo named the...

Port-Rhu ria - ©Raphodon / CC-BY-SA Port-Rhu ria - ©Raphodon / CC-BY-SA

La Fontenelle, an island... The harbour was protected by a small rocky island, Tristan's island, a military harbour in the Middle-Ages and... a crooks’ lair, during war of religion, with the...

The harbour - ©Tobi 87 / CC-BY-SA The harbour - ©Tobi 87 / CC-BY-SA

A quiet harbour In the past, our harbour was called St-Lambert's harbour. Nowadays it’s port Lympia, named after swamps who were there in former days. Lympia... as limpid? Because of the fresh and...

The harbour - ©Oliwan / CC-BY-SA The harbour - ©Oliwan / CC-BY-SA

What a poetic name, for a bridge: "Moon harbour" (port de la Lune in French)... It’s because here, the river Garonne has a crescent shape: a crescent we also find on Bordeaux city’s coat or arms...

The canal - ©Harrieta171 / CC-BY-SA The canal - ©Harrieta171 / CC-BY-SA

The harbour is very old: Sète was born in the 17th century, raised by Louis XIV minister, Colbert, who wanted to have a harbour here, on the Mediterranean sea. The engineer who built the canal du...

Wreck of the White Ship (14th c, Peter Langtoft) - ©The British Library / Public domain Wreck of the White Ship (14th c, Peter Langtoft) - ©The British Library / Public domain

A quiet little harbour? This old harbour seems so quiet! But it saw sieges and destructions! The most famous siege was launched by Edward III of England, in 1346, during Hundred Years War. English...

The harbour - ©François de Dijon / CC-BY-SA The harbour - ©François de Dijon / CC-BY-SA

Our story began with the old Heraclea Caccabaria, an important harbour. The little city was named after a temple dedicated to Hercules. But the current name comes from a saint martyr from Pisa,...

Vieux-Bassin - ©Jbdeparis / CC-BY-SA Vieux-Bassin - ©Jbdeparis / CC-BY-SA

A harbour existed here since ages, it was called Honne-Flew. It was Rollo's fief. In 1040, William the Conqueror gave the city to one of his vassal, Herlewin de Conteville. But then the city was...

B. Franklin - ©Leipzig University Library / Public domain B. Franklin - ©Leipzig University Library / Public domain

Benjamin Franklin in Auray! At the number 8 of the quai Benjamin-Franklin, there’s a plaque saying that the famous Benjamin Franklin was hosted here on December 4th 1776. An American in Auray! Yes...

Goustan's statue, Auray - ©Myrabella / WikimediaCommons / CC-BY-SA Goustan's statue, Auray - ©Myrabella / WikimediaCommons / CC-BY-SA

Saint Goustan is the fishermen and sailors' protector: a pretty ready-made saint for our small harbour of Auray! Goustan was born in the 10th c. When he was young, some Breton pirates kidnapped him...


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