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Saint-Hilaire church, Melle

Saint-Hilaire church, Melle
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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: 2007-07-19
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Exposure: f/4, 1/320 seconds
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Boutonne valley [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-10-01 3:09
Viewed: 4022
Points: 49
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
July 19th, 2007
Melle 790174 79500
Deux-Sèvres Poitou-Charentes
46.223 -0.143 138 m

Church Saint-Hilaire XIème XIIème century, classified with the world inheritance of the humanity of UNESCO in 1998

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Melle has three interesting Romanesques churches, Saint-Hilaire, Saint-Pierre, and Saint-Savinien. Their construction is concentrated between the end of 11th century and the medium of 12th century, which offers in only one place a digest of the architectural evolution of this time. One calls this unit the Romanesque triad of Melle.

Saint-Hilaire church, of the name of the first bishop of Poitiers, died into 367, is vastest of the three, and the only one with being always used as a place of worship. It was built in two stages: about 1090, and 1150. It acts of the most succeeded church as well from the architectural point of view as decorative. Its plan complex, and is conceived in order to facilitate the frequentation of the pilgrims. She is along the banks of the Béronne river which one crossed using a ford. The carved decoration is abundant: 282 Romanesque capitals representing musicians and monsters. The southern gate is carved inside, outside it represents the saints of the Bible and the Fathers of the Church.

The northern gate with a rider in high relief, would symbolize the victory of Constantin Ier over the pagan ones, surmounting the combat of the defects and the virtues.

Located on the ways of Saint-Jacob de Compostelle, the Saint-Hilaire church is classified with the world inheritance of UNESCO since 1998.

MELLE is a French commune, located in the department of Deux-Sèvres of the Poitou-Charentes area, populated of 3851 Mellois in 1999, distributed out of 10 km², that is to say 397 hab./km².

During the Early middle ages, Melle was an active center of coining, thanks to the money mines located under the city and at the neighbourhoods. Coining was active 768 to 1189. The monetary workshop formed in particular part of the ten workshops authorized to maintain to their activity by king "Charles le Chauve". Two currencies were struck: the "denier" and the "obole" of money.


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Hi Joel good photo of this nice church. I like POV and composition. Good job!



hi joel, good shot , fine dark colors and nice perspective. Veri interesting and useful notice of this architectonic masterpeace.

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 14063 W: 0 N: 16135] (171592)
  • [2007-10-01 4:16]

Hello Joel,

Avec ce ciel lourd et plombé, les couleurs et détails ressortent merveilleusement, l'explication est super intéressante, comme 2 les autres images.
Vous avez bien de belle église.

Bravo et amitiés


Hello Joel,
A similar point of view to my own picture of this lovely church and which allows us to see two of the façades. In this case the leaden sky does much to emphasise the darker tones in the stonework and enhance the architectural detail. Good work.

Bonjour Joel
Richesse de l'image,richesse des liens,richesse du texte,un travail très complet qui ne mérite que des éloges.Finalement un ciel gris bien exposé met à merveille les textures des éléments et c'est le cas de cette réalisation.
Excellent job.
Bonne journée.

It is a very nice picture but it has a small problem which is the bottom. I am sure you could have avoided the plant pots going forward or even better not crop them by stepping back enough to include them entirely in the frame.

malgré ce ciel chargé, cette église massive ressort de par son architecture, ses pierres et belle église romane
bon cadrage de celle-ci

bonsoir Joêl
les couleurs de cette église ressortent magnifiquement bien sur ce ciel nuageux!L'architecture est très belle,et ce que j'aime surtout,Ce sont les tuiles des toits,il y en a qui sont blanches,et leur effet est splendide.C'est ce qui m'a sauté aux yeux quand j'ai agrandi la vignette!
Vraiment,une très belle photo!
Je te souhaite une bonne soirée

Joel, what incredible detail in ths shot, very nice. The two work shops also add a great deal to the experience of this church. Nice note, great capture.


bonjour Joël
joli POV, bon cadrage
l'église est intéressante,
belles couleurs

Salut Joel
Une petite merveille romane!! Cette lumière, en plus, permet d'en apprécier les moindres détails. Du très bon boulot associé à la note complète qui me donne envie de retourner faire un tour dans cette région!!
Je persiste surtout ne le jette pas ;o))

Hello Joel
Maybe i,m master of lonely trees but you are master of Excellent Castles
PS From yestarday i,m fater of a lithle son...(my second child)

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  • Cricri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 15702 W: 159 N: 27465] (144074)
  • [2007-10-01 11:54]

Bonsoir Joel,
Une région peuplée de trés belles églises...aussi interessante les unes que les autres, par leurs formes et couleurs, belle présentation içi aussi, belle teinte de couleurs sous un ciel gris
Bonne soirée a toi

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  • Buin Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4253 W: 48 N: 10771] (42580)
  • [2007-10-01 12:20]

Hallo Joel!
Here you show us a most interesting building. I never have seen such a number of apsis! I like the many architectural details one can see here. Your point of view couldn't be better to show all these. A truly venerable church - and a beautiful one!
Greetings from Autumnal Germany!

salut joel
spécialiste des églises....
joli cadrage et couleurs bien contrastées, belle lumière malgré un ciel gris, beau travail

Buenas noches Joël,
Bonita trasera la de esta iglesia y estupendo encuadre con buenos detalles y color. Excelente luz a pesar del día.
Que tengas un buen comienzo de semana.
Saludos cordiales

Hi Joel,
Good pov to show this magnificient church, detail structure, many layers of roofs below the tower, beautiful gardening near the bottom, nice color, well done.

Salut Joël,
Je suis un peu sceptique sur ce cadrage à cause de la nef trop centrée à mon gôut et les bacs coupés au premier plan, sinon j'admire la très bonne qualité d'image qui me font apprécier la très belle texture de la pierre.

Hi Joel,
This is a splendid architecture image, again. POV is impressive, clarity and sharpness is excellent. I like the soft lights and the fine details, note is superb. Beautiful shot, Well done! Have a nice day

Ciao Joel
très belle cette église et est belle la composition et la perspectif.


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  • adores Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5877 W: 64 N: 11341] (46937)
  • [2007-10-02 15:46]

Hi Joel!
Beautiful old church you have here. I like the details. The flower pots in the foreground are very modern and they make a good contrast with the old church.I also like the presence of those women coming down the street.

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9445 W: 268 N: 3085] (103038)
  • [2007-10-02 23:38]

Bonjour Joel,
great architecture of church, interesting monument, good informations and quality of photo. Well done.
Gr., Aleksander

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  • edal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1105 W: 96 N: 1988] (6804)
  • [2007-10-03 21:48]

Bon matin, Joel!
It's a great saga - both photographic (the three photos) and narrative - the excellent explanation. Sharpness and colors are very good despite the difficult light conditions.
Merci bien!

Bonjour Joël,

Une bonne prise de vue de l'église Saint-Hilaire, la photo a une bonne composition, netteté et de belles couleurs. Bonne jhournée.


Salut Joël,
Voici une excellente photo! presque en relief!
Des couleurs magnifiques, (à la Carper).
Un poil dommage ces bacs à fleurs modernes, pas super esthétiques, mais bon! ils sont là et tu n'a pas pu les enlever.
La note est très intéressante.
Amitiés et bonne soirée.

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