The Maubec Gate (rue du Docteur Schweitzer)

  • Maubec Gate, at the time of the siege of La Rochelle

The gate was part of the fortifications built by the Protestants of La Rochelle who wanted to extend the perimeter of their city to include ‘Prée Maubec’. This gate is the only remaining one from the destructions commanded by Richelieu after the 1628 Siege. It is not certain why, but it opens onto the marshes which like the sea front provides a defensive role in case of a hostile naval invasion.

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...

Associated notes

  • Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965)

    Albert Schweitzer was born in Kayserberg, in Alsace. His father was a pastor and very fond of music. He received his secondary education in Mulhouse. He was an exceptionally gifted...