La Rochelle

commune in Charente-Maritime, France

La Rochelle is a city in the Charente-Maritime department and a seaport in western France near the Bay of Biscay. The Huguenots there rebelled in 1627 and 1628.

La Rochelle
Old harbour of La Rochelle
Old harbour of La Rochelle
Coat of arms of La Rochelle
Coat of arms
Location of La Rochelle
La Rochelle is located in France
La Rochelle
La Rochelle
La Rochelle is located in Nouvelle-Aquitaine
La Rochelle
La Rochelle
Coordinates: 46°09′33″N 1°09′06″W / 46.1591°N 1.1517°W / 46.1591; -1.1517Coordinates: 46°09′33″N 1°09′06″W / 46.1591°N 1.1517°W / 46.1591; -1.1517
CountryFrance
RegionNouvelle-Aquitaine
DepartmentCharente-Maritime
ArrondissementLa Rochelle
IntercommunalityCA La Rochelle
Government
 • Mayor (2014–2020) Jean-François Fountaine
Area
1
28.43 km2 (10.98 sq mi)
Population
 (2012)
80,014
 • Density2,800/km2 (7,300/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
17300 /17000
Elevation0–28 m (0–92 ft)
(avg. 4 m or 13 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

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