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The haughty ruins, Maillezais

The haughty ruins, Maillezais
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Copyright: joel berthonneau (jlbrthnn) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 7303 W: 0 N: 22961] (76039)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-04-06
Categories: Architecture, Ruins
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Exposure: f/8, 1/640 seconds
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Poitevin Marsh, Marais Poitevin, Sevre Niortaise valley [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-07-07 3:01
Viewed: 3220
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
April 6th, 2011
Maillezais 850133 85420
Vendée Pays-de-la-Loire
46.373 -0.738 10 m

The haughty ruins, Maillezais

One view. The chateau 19th century, on the same site.
Other view. The chateau 19th century, on the same site.

Ramparts and bartizan testify of the tempestuous past of the abbey SAINT-PIERRE DE MAILLEZAIS 11th 12th 13th 14 centuries. The site is registered on historic monuments since 1924.
A small castle was built in the 19th century, on the site, with a part of ramparts.

"Insula Malleacensis", island of the Gulf of Pictons which gave birth in MARAIS POITEVIN, became Maillezais in the 11th century, situated in the heart of the wet marsh from Poitou, called also "Venise verte", green Venice.
A first monastery was built, the "Saint-Pierre le Vieux" monastery, then the second at the beginning of the 11th century: the benedictine abbey Saint-Pierre de Maillezais, set up as bishop's palace in 1317 by the Pape, up to its transfer to the bishop's palace in La Rochelle in 1666.

FRANÇOIS RABELAIS, been born in 1483 or 1494 near Chinon in Touraine, died in 1553, was a monk franciscan moralizer from 1520 to Fontenay-le-Comte, in Vendée, then in 1524 monk Benedictine and secretary of Father Abbot until 1526 to Maillezais. During these spent in the marsh from Poitou, Rabelais became learned the customs and language of the inhabitants, from whom he will write his works. He left the monastic dress in 1528.

_ The MARAIS POITEVIN, Gulf of Poitou, gulf of Pictons that the sea occupied 8000 years ago, extends over the plains of Vendée in the North, the plain from Niort to Deux-Sèvres in the East and the plain of Aunis in Charente-Maritime in the South. The 95000 hectares of the marsh from Poitou, were built by sea currents and alluviums brought by rivers, of which SÈVRE NIORTAISE. Since the Neolithic, the resources were exploited there. The salt, the fishing, the breeding were developed until period Gallo Romaine there. In the Middle Ages began big works of drying out and development at instigation of benedictine abbeys, as the Maillezais abbey or the Saint-Maixent abbey, or still the Nieul-sur-l'Autise abbey. They continued in particular under king Henri IV in the 17th century, and in the 19th century. It was necessary and it is still necessary, to contain the effects of the sea and to evacuate the run off water of a marsh often below open seas. All in all thousands of kilometers of channels of any sizes, channels, ditches, conches, were dug.

_ The SÈVRE NIORTAISE is a coastal river, which takes its spring in the municipality of Sepvret in the department of Deux-Sèvres, near the hamlet of Grandes-Fontaines, in 152 meters in height. It crosses Niort, then comes down in the MARSH FROM POITOU which it feeds, before throwing itself into the Atlantic Ocean in l'anse de l'Aiguillon, after a course of 158,1 km and the crossing of a pond overturning of 3650 km², with an average debit of 44,4 m³/s. The Sèvre Niortaise and the Sèvre Nantaise, gave their name to the department of Deux-Sèvres. Sèvre-Niortaise river description.

Swamps divide into two, the marais desséché, dried out swamp, of 47 000 hectares, the marais mouillé, wet swamp, known as "Venise verte, green Venice of 29 000 hectares. It is necessary to add 19000 hectares partially désséchés.
The pressure of the agriculture and the catastrophic and global change of climate, lead an existence difficult for the swamp.

MAILLEZAIS is a French municipality, placed in the department of Vendée of the region Pays de la Loire, populated with 1023 Mallacéens in 2007, distributed on 20.3 km², that is to say 50.3 hab/km².

During the religious wars, Maillezais was taken January 1st, 1589, and occupied by the Protestant leader, and the poet, Agrippa d'Aubigné, the grandfather of Madame de Maintenon born in the donjon of Niort.

My images of Maillezais
My images of the Sèvre Niortaise river.

Copyright © All rights reserved. The use or the reproduction, on any media, for profit or not profit, of my photographs, including my photographs published in workshop, the notes or the texts, is prohibited without my written authorization. Joel Berthonneau.

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Hi Joel,
an impressive photo with spectacular diagonal composition and interesting note, the colours and lights are beautiful, the realization is excellent, Tfs! Have a nice day! Kellemes napot kívánok!

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24633 W: 523 N: 41345] (177668)
  • [2011-07-07 3:41]

Hello Joël,

Thank you very much for your interesting notes, everyday I learn through TE.
You chose a very well angle this care for depth and perspective.
Sharpness and clarity are of high quality.
Excellent composition and colors.
Well done, TFS.

Nice day,

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  • danyy Gold Star Critiquer [C: 8943 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2011-07-07 4:01]

Bonjour Joel,
une photo parfaitement exposée et tellement nette que les moindres détails des murailles apparaissent.
Une excellente idée que d'inclure ces branches feuillues à l'avant plan.

Bonjours Joël,

Les branches aide au cadrage de l'image. La prise de vue en angle permet de voir une double perspective de l'architecture des ruines du château. La qualité de la lumière rehausse les couleurs de l'image. Bonne journée.


Bonjour Joël,

Quel angle de vue bien choisi pour mettre en évidence le côté militaire de l'édifice et aussi obtenir une très belle perspective. Très belle lumière également sous ce ciel d'un bleu intense, cette lumière met bien en valeur la couleur des pierres.

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 14081 W: 0 N: 16143] (171764)
  • [2011-07-07 7:48]

Hello Joël,

Quelc adrage anguluex, superbe ave cla petite tour ronde, superbe contraste en effet, le branche dans le cadrage accentuent le charme de l'iamge, superbe.

Bravo et amitié


Hi Joël,
There are certainly many beautiful and interesting places to visit in France. Looking at the map here, I realise that we have passed close by some years ago... But you can´t stop everywhere, can you? A very good and well composed view with beautiful colours and a very interesting note!
Kind regards

Salut Joel
Très bon contraste donné par ce ciel mettant parfaitement en valeur la teinte de ces pierres.Bel habillage du ciel par les branches à droite.
Bonne soirée

bonjour Joël
belle présentation de ce chateau,avec les pierres grises qui ressortent superbement sous le ciel bleu foncé,tandis que les branchages l'encadrent très agréablement.

Ciao Joel,
belle lumière et des contrastes forts, sujet très intéressant.

Salut Joël.
Impressionnantes ruines de ce haut mur de l'abbaye qui se dressent contester son couronné par le stand de garde. Un très beau POV et bien choisis, avec cette branche, avec ses contrastes de verdure avec le beau ciel bleu, une bonne perspective qui donne aussi le mur.
Comme toujours un travail bien maintenu en termes de luminosité, la couleur et la netteté.
Passez une bonne soirée.

Salut Joel,
Bonne composition avec ce choix d'angle de prise de vue, parfaite lumière, couleurs et netteté, bien réalisé.

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  • Charo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5142 W: 58 N: 12086] (51212)
  • [2011-07-07 16:17]

Bonsoir Joël,
La vue que vous avez choisi de photographier ce mur est superbe, elle la renforce et lui donne une grande profondeur à l'image.
Un capturent vraiment un enseignant, sans parler de la qualité d'image exceptionnelle. Bravo!

Excellente photo de ces superbes "ruines". Très bon POV, joli cadrage et belle lumière.

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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9874 W: 157 N: 16079] (126553)
  • [2011-07-08 3:57]

Witaj Joel!
Beautiful ruins,
I like it.
Good frame and perspective.
Well done.
Nice day

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  • ptiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 80 W: 58 N: 141] (727)
  • [2011-07-08 7:37]

Bonsoir Joël,
Stunning ruins! It would be even more spectacular if the sky was low and stormy, as we do now every day. Photography is very well done. TFS!

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  • Cricri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 15717 W: 159 N: 27499] (144212)
  • [2011-07-08 10:08]

Bonjour Joel
Très joli le cadrage avec le feuillages et le fond bleu qui donne beaucoup de valeur a cette partie du château, belle présentation sur celle en WS 2
Belle soirée

Interessanti le tre fotografie questa è a più spettacolare ...ma altre due (WS) erano da 1° visione .
La nota è interessante ....ma non vedo l'acqua della "piccola Venezia"
Un buon lavoro e una presentazione degna .

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  • vladic Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 118 W: 37 N: 299] (4563)
  • [2011-07-08 15:59]

Bonjour Joel,

Une très bonne réalisation, qui met en valeur ces pierres anciennes. Un cadrage parfait avec le feuillages, lumière et couleurs très maîtrisées. Belle profondeur avec ce mur qui nous emmène au loin... Une photo d’une très grande beauté.

Merci pour le partage et bon dimanche,

Hi Joel
This is absolutely lovely historic chateau, your compo and view point are the two important elements that make this mage so impressive. The tower is perfectly placed pointing towards the sky and your shooting angle allows the eyes to hover on both sides and eventually into the far end, this greatly accentuates the depth. Framing is very good and well set off by those tree branches. Good exposure with great details, textures and sharpness in subtle light and colors and the contrast to blue sky is splendid! A very pleasing image well taken my friend. Congrats.
Best regards

Bonjour Joel
un angle bien choisi pour nous présenter ces ruines sous une une lumière très naturelle et douce, sur les murs avec cette échauguette, l'ombre de l'arbre sur la route, et une belle perspective

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