Le logis de Marennes
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Marennes was wealthy at this time, thanks in particular to the surrounding salt marshes. Salt was exported mainly to Northern Europe from the port of Marennes - on the Cayenne channel - which had been built in the late Middle Ages. It reached its peak around 1560, before Brouage became the region's major salt trading port.
In this prosperous town, notaries, grooms, salt merchants and other merchants rubbed shoulders and built fine residences, including this one.
It became the headquarters of the Farm Office (i.e., the tax office) under the Ancien Régime - when the town was given royal administrations in the 18th century - and later of the Chamber of Notaries and a Masonic lodge.
Its Renaissance style is unique in the town. It is a simple dwelling with a 3-storey tower on the façade.
It has been listed on the supplementary inventory of historic monuments since 1927.
Not open to visitors.
Le logis de Marennes 17320, Marennes-Hiers-BrouageFranceItinerary