14 rue Saint-Yon

  • 14 rue St-Yon. Lieu de culte clandestin au XVIe. La Rochelle (17)
    La Rochelle, 14 rue St-Yon. In the 16th century, secret services were held there

On the corner of the rue des Manettes, the name refers to the small statues of the Virgin formerly set at the corners of houses, the ancient timbered house (or the neighbouring house) was used as a secret worship place for the first followers of the ‘new opinions’. Though the exact date when the Reformation appeared in La Rochelle is unknown, it was introduced a little before 1540 and the suppression of ‘heresy’ forced the Protestants to be very cautious.

Associated tours

  • A walk through Protestant La Rochelle

    As early as 1546, La Rochelle was one of the major cities in the kingdom won over to the Reformation. La Rochelle had been an economic and maritime power since...