Campaign of the Month: August 2011
Le Ballet de l'Acier
Tour Saint Nicolas
Built as part of the defenses of the port of La Rochelle in the fourteenth century, the Saint Nicholas Tower is one of two fortifications, along with the Tour de la Chaîne, used to suspend a great iron chain preventing access to the city’s harbor.
The tower serves as the residence of the port-master, appointed by the mayor of the city, responsible for monitoring ship traffic in the harbor. The port-master commands a force of archers who also collect port-taxes on behalf of the Rochelais.