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  2. 38 Rue du Palais, 17000 La Rochelle, France
  3. +33546410752
  4. Working hours*:
    9:30 - 13:00
    14:00 - 19:00
  5. * - opening and closing times as well as entrance prices, are subject to alterations without notice. Visitors are advised to check before visiting.
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Passing below the Gross-Horloge you’re entering the town via the main waterside opening in La Rochelle’s medieval walls.

These defences were unnecessary by the 18th century as the city expanded.

Rising from the middle of the gate is an octagonal belfry, which was added in 1746. The bell inside is the heaviest in the department, weighing 2.2 tons.

Like all of the old port, the Grosse-Horloge is marvellous in lights after dark.

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