The sculpted shield featuring a sheep topped with three coins and the text ‘God heareth the needy’.
This remnant is all the more interesting as Biblical texts, once frequent on Protestant houses have almost all disappeared. Some can still be seen for instance in the garden of the Fine Arts museum, or on the facade of the house said to have belonged to Nicolas Venette, 22 rue Admyrauld, and also on a pillar of one of the first houses with porches on the cours des Dames.
Progress in the tour
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.