The port of Rochefort and the French colonial empire. At the time of Loti. Until 7 July 2023

Poster of the exhibition

The Service historique de la Défense joins in the celebration of the centenary of the death of Pierre Loti, naval officer, grand cross of the Legion of Honour, writer and artist, academician and collector.

In the second half of the 19th century, vast colonial empires were formed under the domination of European powers. This exhibition takes us back to the time of Loti, in order to understand the historical context of his military career and his work. Born in Rochefort, an arsenal town to which he retained a deep attachment, Pierre Loti - whose real name was Julien Viaud - took up the profession of sailor at the age of 17, which led him to travel the seas of the globe. 
Free admission.

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Service historique de la Défense de Rochefort
4 rue du port 17300 Rochefort
From 25 April to 7 July 2023


Monday from 1.30 pm to 5 pm and Tuesday to Friday from 9 am to 12.30 pm and from 1.30 pm to 5 pm (4.30 pm on Friday), excluding public holidays.

Guided tours and activities for schools and groups, by reservation.
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Regulated free parking.

Accessible to people with reduced mobility.

Last modification on 10/05/2023