La lanterne des morts
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Saint-Pierre-d'Oléron's lantern of the dead is the tallest funerary column in France, and has dominated the historic quarter since the 12th century!
An interior spiral staircase (not accessible to the public) once led up to the hearth of the lantern, where a fire was periodically lit in memory of the dead.
The flame, symbolizing the eternity of the soul, chased away dark spirits and kept alive the memory of the departed.
The lantern of the dead was listed as a historic monument in 1886.
Restored in 1906 under the direction of architect Ballu, it was again restored in 1995.
La lanterne des morts Place Camille Mémain17310, Saint-Pierre-d'OléronFranceItinerary