Rochefort, a new town in the 17th century, has a strange destiny. Under the impulse of Louis XIV, the Sun King, Rochefort was built in 1666 to become a major war port. The location is ideal: access to the Arsenal is naturally protected by the Charente estuary and the islands of Aix and Oléron. Designed and built according to a checkerboard plan, the town took on its final appearance thanks to Michel Bégon, Intendant of the Navy, who organised its reconstruction in ashlar. Rochefort's singular beauty stems from this rich history. The royal character of the city is reflected in the monumental buildings of the old Arsenal.

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