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Free guided tour of the Chappe optical telegraph

Cultural at Saint-André

Free
Cancelled or postponed
  • The volunteers of the association "Mills and heritage of Saint-André" explain to you in detail the mechanical functioning and the principle of coding and decoding of the messages of the first Chappe telegraph station rehabilitated in Savoy.

    At the French Revolution, information circulates to the rhythm of horses. On July 12, 1793, faced with the military threat and the lack of rapid means of communication, the Convention accepted the proposal of a young physicist, genial inventor,... At the French Revolution, information circulates to the rhythm of horses. On July 12, 1793, faced with the military threat and the lack of rapid means of communication, the Convention accepted the proposal of a young physicist, genial inventor, Claude Chappe, to set up an optical telegraph system. The Chappe telegraph was born.
    Between 1806 and 1814, the telegraph of Saint-André is one of the 33 positions of the line Lyon-Turin. The Milan system is used on the Bear Plan post. The manipulator placed inside the "barracon" controls the regulator and the 2 indicators.
    The post is held by 2 stationary. The works begin at least 15 minutes before sunrise and end at the end of the day. The signals are formed by the geometrical figure composed by the regulator and the 2 indicators.
    In 1845, the national network has 535 stations spread over 5000 km and serves 29 cities. The Bear Plan site was refurbished in 2010, it functions as in 1807.
  • Deals
    During guided tours, you will learn to code and decode messages, as in 1806.
  • Spoken languages
    • English
  • Documentation
Services
  • Services
    • Animals accepted
Rates
Payment methods
  • Cheque
  • Cash
  • Rates
  • Free
  • for individuals and schools
    Group by reservation : € 2 per person
Schedules
Cancelled or postponed
  • From July 3, 2020
    until August 28, 2020
  • Friday
    2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Possibility to accommodate groups formed outside of these hours, by reservation.
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