These buildings were erected in the 19th century by the reformed community and the « Société de charité des dames protestantes » – ‘Protestant Ladies Charity Society’ to house a school and a ‘shelter’ – a form of daycare centre- for young children. After renovation they now house the parsonage and meeting rooms known as the Protestant Centre.
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 the 12th century, and did business with all the Protestant Northern states, namely England, the Netherlands and the Hanseatic cities.
In 1628, La Rochelle was taken by Louis XIII’s troops which ended Protestant supremacy of the city.
Upon the revocation in 1685 the inhabitants left the city massively. In 1802 there were only a thousand Protestants left.
The Protestant memory is still very present in La Rochelle, see the Rochelais museum and the tour around the city.