Rochefort-sur-Mer was built at the orders of the Sun King, Louis XIV. Colbert was entrusted with creating 'the biggest, most beautiful dockyard' in the kingdom.
The maritime architecture of Rochefort
The Corderie Royale (constructed in 1666-69) takes the visitor the heart of maritime history. In its time, it was the longest building in Europe at 374 metres long. The building was used to manufacture ropes and rigging until 1867.
Today, the Corderie Royale houses the Centre International de la Mer (International Sea Centre) with permanent and temporary exhibitions on the history of rope-making.
Visiting the Hermione Workshop
The Rochefort dockyard is home to l’Hermione, a replica of the frigate that took Lafayette to America in 1780.
After many years of construction and a journey across the ocean to America, the ship returned... It is not to be missed!
The exhibition covers 1,500 m2, retracing the adventure of rebuilding the frigate and sailing it. Visitors can discover workshops on maintenance, rigging, pulleys, metalwork, costumes and areas for storing the rigging.
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Photo credits: CMT17 - Corderie Royale © E. COEFFE / Hermione © A. BIRARD