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Moving ruins, Maillezais

Moving 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: 2012-07-22
Categories: Architecture, Ruins
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSCHX100V
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/640 seconds
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Poitevin Marsh, Marais Poitevin, Sevre-Nantaise valley [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2012-09-01 4:22
Viewed: 1584
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
July 22th, 2012
Maillezais 850133 85420
Vendée Pays de la Loire
46.373 -0.738 110 m

Moving ruins, Maillezais

One view.
Another view.

In Maillezais, the conventual buildings, and the tracks of the convent with its garden and its well, in the ruins of the Saint-Pierre de Maillezais abbey 11th 12th 13th 14th centuries. The site is registered on historic monuments since 1924.

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 Pope, up to its transfer of 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 franciscan moralizer monk from 1520 to Fontenay-le-Compte, in Vendée, then in 1524 Benedictine monk and secretary of Father Abbot until 1526 to Maillezais. During these years spent in the MARAIS POITEVIN, Rabelais learned customs and language of the inhabitants, from whom he will write his works. He left the monastic dress in 1528. Une histoire du Marais Poitevin.

"Insula Malleacensis" was an island, of the Gulf of Pictons which gave rise to the MARAIS POITEVIN. She became in the 11th century Maillezais, in the wet Marais Poitevin, called also "green Venice". Marais poitevin history.

_ The MARAIS POITEVIN, ancient 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 Marais Poitevin, were built by sea currents and alluviums brought by rivers, among which SÈVRE NIORTAISE. Since the Neolithic, the resources were exploited there. The salt, the fishing, the breeding were developed until Gallo Romaine period there. In the Middle Ages began big works of drying out and development at the instigation of abbeys, as abbaye bénédictine de Maillezais. 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 swamp often below open seas. All in all thousands of kilometers of channels of any sizes, channels, ditches, conches, were dug. The marshes divide into two, dried marshes by 47 000 hectares, and wet marshes said "Venice Verte" of 29 000 hectares. 19000 hectares partially dried should be added. Parc interrégional du Marais Poitevin.

_ The SÈVRE NIORTAISE is a coastal river, which takes its source in the municipality of Sepvret in the department of Deux-Sèvres, near the hamlet of Grandes-Fontaines, 152 meters in height. It crosses Niort, then comes down in the MARAIS POITEVIN which it feeds, before throwing itself into the Atlantic Ocean in Aiguillon bay, after a course of 158,1 km and the crossing of a catchment area 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.

MAILLEZAIS is a French municipality, placed in the department of Vendée of the region Pays de la Loire, populated with 962 Mallacéens in 2009, distributed on 20.3 km², that is to say 47.4 hab/km².

During the religious wars, Maillezais and its cathedral were taken January 1st, 1589, and occupied by the Protestant leader, and 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.
My images of the Marais Poitevin.

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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Ciao Joel, great POV on fascinating ruines, splendid light, wonderful colors and excellent clarity, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Bonjour Joel,

Tu profites d'un point de vue extraordinaire pour cette image. On dirait que tu es dans une montgolfière en vol. Une belle image profonde et nette.

Bon samedi


bonjour Joel
excellente prise de vue en plongée sur ces ruines anciennes bâtisses sous une belle lumière; je ne connaissais pas l'endroit et cela mérite un petit détour
belle réalisation
bon week end

Ciao Joel
un sito molto interessante, non ci sono molti resti purtroppo, sicuramente un tempo ha vissuto anni gloriosi. Un bella condivisione.

Bonsoir Joël
Tu étais bien placé pour nous faire découvrir ces bien mises en valeur de ce POV.Ta note nous explique bien ce lieu et sans cette dernière j'aurais certainement ignoré ce bout d'histoire de notre pays.
Bonne soirée

Hello Joel,
interesting place of ruins, wonderfully captured from high POV to let us see that place creally. Those old places are always interesting and fascinating us as well. Overall I like this executed picture very much. Great job. Thanks for sharing.
All the best and have a nice WE,

Bonsoir Joël,

La grandeur du site donne de la profondeur à l'image. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails et les couleurs des ruines de l'abbbaye Saint-Pierre de Maillezais. La qualité de la lumière met en valeur les couleurs de l'image. Bonne soirée.


Bon point de vue sur les ruines de ce monastère dont tu nous racontes l'histoire. J'imagine le père Rabelais coursant les jeunes nonnes dans les allées du jardin -)

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  • rmajum Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 113 W: 22 N: 251] (1207)
  • [2012-09-01 23:36]

Bonjour Joel,
This high POV gives us a wide view of the area beautifully. I am amazed so neatly the ruins area is maintained. Photographically well balanced, colours, light, sharpness and great depth. Well taken, have a nice sunday,

Bonjour Joel,

Even from this high pov, you have composed the shot very accurately, with a strong icosceles triangle in the f/g, excellent use of the rule of thirds, good guide lines and lots of sharply exposed details. Your colours are perfectly natural.
It look like a very interesting place to investigate.

Have a lovely Sunday,
Bev :-)

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 14065 W: 0 N: 16135] (171632)
  • [2012-09-02 0:22]


quelle vue plongeante sueprbe cpatage e tiamge avec le jardind quel graphsiem les personnage sont tout petit et cet édiffice, fantastique.

Bravo et amitié


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  • ifege Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 887 W: 76 N: 2601] (12141)
  • [2012-09-02 0:23]

Hi Joel - a good photo of interesting old ruins.

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  • kato Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1386 W: 219 N: 3395] (11630)
  • [2012-09-05 19:21]

Hello Joel,

You're capturing well this ruin by a good angle and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see old monastery, green garden and surrounding greenery. Here seems to be pastoral/calm place. It's impressive that the whole place is a wide plain, too.
Have a nice week.

Kind regards,

I recon this was a gigantic built location, Joel, and reading the interesting note enfolds much history about.
Picture taken from a high POV, gave only one side view, I believe, and that the place is overwhelming sight.
Great details colloected, DOF till far horizon, and surround by a green thick forest. impressive.
Bon dimanche,

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