Along the Charente River
Henri IV called it "the most beautiful brook of my kingdom" and Louis XIV decided to establish any loan from its mouth "the most beautiful arsenal of the kingdom". The Charente is definitely not a commonplace river.
And if the etymology advanced in the fourth century by the Latin poet Ausone is accurate, the origin of the word Charente would be a Gaulish expression meaning "river with calm waters".
How have the qualities of this tranquil river been exploited? For whom and for what uses? What are the activities still practiced?
Our guides propose to make you discover this theme, at your convenience, under one or more of the following angles:
the activities practiced along the Charente: from the transport of goods to the construction of proud and beautiful vessels of the King,
the castle of Cognac where François I was born at the castle of Roche Courbon called "the castle of Sleeping Beauty", the beautiful residences located along the river
Cognac, Saintes, Tonnay-Charente and Rochefort, cities with pasts and personalities so different
exceptional structures and infrastructures along the Charente river: mills, ferries, locks and bridges
PORT-D'ENVAUX - Bords de Charente © CMT17 C. TRIBALLIER
SAINTES - Gabare © CMT17 A. BIRARD
SAINTES - Arc de Germanicus © CMT17 A. BIRARD
SAINTES © CMT17 A. BIRARD
SAINT-PORCHAIRE - Chateau de La Roche Courbon © CMT17 S. MORAND
ROCHEFORT - Corderie Royale © CMT17 E. COEFF
LE TRANSBORDEUR ©JP GIRAUDEAU
Le long de la Charente, l'arsenal de Rochefort L'HERMIONE ©JP GIRAUDEAU
La Charente à Geay (17)©JP CHARBONNEAU
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