June 2017 : Brouage has been recognized by the association "The most beautiful villages of France
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 17:48 by la-rochelle
Brouage, Charente-Maritime, France : between Rochefort and the Ile d'Oléron, the fortified city of Brouage rises from the marshland. As an ancient port it thrived on the salt trade, which today has given way today to yoster farming. It is equally renowned for the fortifications ordered by Cardinal Richelieu in the 17th century; behing its girdle of ramparts, houses typical of Charente's architectural style rub shoulders with the Halle aux Vivres (a military food store), gunpowder stores, forges and underground quays. The Canadian stained-glass windows in the church remind us that Brouage was th birthplace of Samuel Champlain, founder of Québec.
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