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July 21 2007
Saint-Clment-des-Baleines 170318 17590
Charente-Maritime Poitou-Charentes
46.233 -1.550 5 m

Lighthouse of the Whales

The lighthouse of the whales is located on the commune of Saint-Clment-des-Baleines, with the Western point of the island of R. Many strandings of whales had place in the past, from where the name of the lighthouse. One have access at the top, 57 m, by a helicoid staircase of 257 steps.
The lighthouse, classified historic building in 1999, is worth visiting and still functions, its fire has a range of 39 kilometers.
Built since 1849, it replaced in 1854 a tower of 21 meters built in 1682 on the orders of Vauban and which remains in the north of the lighthouse.

The Tower of the Whales

Tower of the Wales from the Lighthouse of the Wales

The tower was built of 1669 to 1682 with the north-western point of the island of R, by architect AUGIER, on order of Colbert, and a program of Vauban to be useful, with the lighthouse of Chassiron on the island of Olron, cover advanced with the arsenal of Rochefort, created in 1666. The tower had function of monitoring, ensuring the protection of the naval port of Rochefort and allowing the maritime observation. It ensured the assistance with navigation and lighting, burning fish oil. The old woman tower of the Whales was on classified Historic building June 22, 1904. Of a height 29 m, and 8 m in diameter, and built with hard stones of Saint-Savinien, it comprises 3 stages with 3 parts to which one can reach by a spiral staircase. The old tower is replaced by the lighthouse of the Whales, with the Western point of the island of R, built of 1849 and brought into service in 1854.

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