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Basilica of Saint Sernin

Basilica of Saint Sernin
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Copyright: Stephen Nunney (snunney) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10230 W: 63 N: 28686] (126010)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2018-05
Categories: Daily Life, Architecture
Camera: Canon Eos 760d, Canon EFS 10 - 18 mm
Exposure: f/8, 1/130 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2018-06-07 23:23
Viewed: 662
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Basilica of Saint-Sernin (Occitan: Basilica de Sant Sarnin) is a church in Toulouse, France, the former abbey church of the Abbey of Saint-Sernin or St Saturnin.

Apart from the church, none of the abbey buildings remain. The current church is located on the site of a previous basilica of the 4th century which contained the body of Saint Saturnin or Sernin, the first bishop of Toulouse in c. 250.

Constructed in the Romanesque style between about 1080 and 1120, with construction continuing thereafter, Saint-Sernin is the largest remaining Romanesque building in Europe, if not the world. The church is particularly noted for the quality and quantity of its Romanesque sculpture.

Despite being called a basilica, Saint-Sernin's deviates from the basilica plan of early Christian architecture in several ways. It is much larger compared to earlier churches. It is also constructed mostly of brick. The building is in the form of a crucifix. The ceilings are vaulted, unlike many of the earlier churches. Saint-Sernin's contains radiating chapels which were used to display important relics. Another deviation from the earlier Christian churches is the addition of an ambulatory, a walkway that goes around the nave and side aisles to allow for viewing of the radiating chapels (which could be done while mass was being held without interrupting the ceremony). For these and other reasons, Saint-Sernin's is often said to follow the "pilgrimage plan" instead of the traditional basilica plan.

In 1998 the basilica was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites under the description: World Heritage Sites of the Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France.

(Source: Wikipedia)

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Salut Stephen,
Bien présentée cette célèbre basilique toulousaine, un bon angle et une bonne qualité d'image, netteté et luminosité.

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  • emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10743 W: 146 N: 27061] (129607)
  • [2018-06-07 23:38]

Hello Stephen, an impressive basilica with the unique tower. I like the tree framing the composition. Nice colours.
Pity you were not inside. It is very interesting. Kind regards MAlgo

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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10331 W: 161 N: 17195] (130841)
  • [2018-06-08 1:39]

Witaj Stephen!
Interesting view, curious place.
I like tower.
Good frame and composition.
Nice colors and light.
Well done.
Warm regards.

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  • ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 14860 W: 1055 N: 30543] (142985)
  • [2018-06-08 2:23]

Salut Stephen,

That's quite an impressive bg spire. It looks like a hybrid of the leaning tower of Pisa and a regular Gothic spire. Good sharpness and nice warm cold colour contrasts. Tfs!

Dobar dan.
Lep pogled i trenutak, dobar tekst ...
Lepo pokazano, dobra perspektiva i kontrast, lepe boje, lepo uhvacen trenutak sa posetiocima. Lepo mesto i stara arhitektura, lepa Crkva.
Zelim vam lep i uspesan dana, sve najbolje.

Good day.
Nice view and a moment, good text ...
Beautifully shown, good perspective and contrast, nice colors, nice moment with visitors. Nice place and old architecture, beautiful church.
I wish you a beautiful and successful day, all the best.

Ciao Stephen
è molto bella la torre esagonale con bifore su ogni lato.
Bella anche la composizione che ci mostra tutto il contesto.

Hi Stephen,

The presence of the people is animating the scene. The point of view is showing the details of the Saint-Sernin basilica. The light is enhancing the colours. Have a nice day.


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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 14489 W: 0 N: 16395] (176049)
  • [2018-06-08 6:44]


fantastique clocher et vue quelle image quelle vue et arbre comme il est très haut sueprbe et cette végétation quel personnage et vue superbe.
Bravo et amitié

Bonjour Stephen,

Très jolie construction d'image. Le point de vue est excellent avec le bel arbre sur la droite qui balance bien le cadrage. On voit une grande partie de la basilique et c'est tant mieux.



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  • rychem Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3659 W: 0 N: 8592] (60259)
  • [2018-06-08 8:19]

The tower of the basilica is very original, I like this idea with so many windows, very well captured
regards Ryszard

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 25053 W: 520 N: 42301] (181212)
  • [2018-06-08 9:34]

Hello Stephen,

You placed the tower nice beside the tree, also a nice wall od the church.
Sharpness and clarity are superb.
Nice colours and pleasant presentation.
Very well done, TFS.

Best regards,

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  • Tue Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9725 W: 57 N: 16632] (61522)
  • [2018-06-08 14:01]

Hello Stephen,
I really like the soft, gentle colours here, the basilica looks impressive, especially its tower, which you placed very well in the centre. The composition is very well-balanced with a good inclusion of the green trees at right. The group of people brings some life to the picture.

Hi Stephen
The facade is the highlight of this basilica with the tower serves as a firm focus point and all bathed in lovely warm light. Excellent detail, nice perspective and full marks for colour rendition matched by human presence. Well done shot, Congrats.
Best wishes

A contrast is one value I most appreciate in any picture, Stephen, and especially when light and shadows contrast is evident and balanced.
Noticed that, we get to see a view to the length of the main building and the beautiful tower on the far side, with people gathered in the foreground. All elements combined culmiante wonderfully on the picture, bravo.
Wish you a nice weekend,

Hello Stephen,
It's a very attractive view of this famous and beautiful church, with the fantastic tower as the main focal-point. You have captured it from a good angle where we get a fine view of a large part of the church, and where the trees offer a nice contrast to the brown brick and a group of people happened to enliven the view. The fairly strong contrasts between sunny and shady areas are well handled in a very good exposure.
Kind regards,

Hello dear Stephen and have a nice time
and a happy new day
simple but nice
peaceful and attractive
people down there everybody
interested in something else
draws our attention high quality
photo with great sharpness and lightness

Hi Stephen,
quite an interesting architecture with the main point of interest being the tower of course. It is quite an extraordinary tower.
Nice presentation framed with the trees on the other side. The architecture contributes the nice diagonal lines.
Very attractive geometrically composition,

Hello Stephen, very good picture of this interesting scene of everyday life with an interesting religious building in the background, very well captured in this interesting image, with good sharpness, depth, light, color and quality. A great job perfectly done, my congratulations, my friend. Thanks for sharing this interesting work.

Good night and happy weekend.
All the best from the south of Spain.

Hello Stephen,
I like your POV, at an angle to the great edifice. The tree frames the scenery well on the right. Nicely done! 👍👍

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