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The gate of the Grosse Horloge: photos, description (Grosse Horloge)

Today in the great Clock tower of La Rochelle is a Museum of archaeology, and the bell in its belfry and clock serve almost as regularly as three centuries ago when it was installed.

Tower, also called the gate of the Grosse Horloge, was built in the XII century as part of the city wall, separating the port area and residential areas. Immediately behind the gate began the quarter Parro, the name of which soon the locals began to call the tower. In the lower part of the tower housed the gate: more of medieval transport, a smaller one for pedestrians. Each aperture was made in the form of an arch, but during the reconstruction in the second half of the XVII century, the two doorways combined into one.

Bell tower and clock appeared on the tower closer to the end of the XV century, but the bell and clock, which visitors can see today was installed in the middle of the XVIII century, when the old bell tower was demolished and replaced by a more modern structure, built in the fashion of the time in the style of Louis XV. That's why the image of the tower are clearly visible, and features of a defensive structure (the lower part of the tower), and more graceful secular buildings (top), decorated with sculptures, symbols of military arts and Sciences.

Gate Grosse Horloge stand next to the promenade du Perret, near the Old harbour. In the Middle ages the port was La Rochelle's importance in Maritime trade, and years of various wars. Today the Old port is the harbour for large ships and yachts, and dry dock. The old harbour attracts the attention of visitors to the city - except the Grosse Horloge is located here and other famous sights of the city - tower Chain of St. Nicholas and Four sergeants. The Museum, located in the great clock tower, are spectacular reconstruction of historical events.