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The Pont-Vieux bridge, Confolens

The Pont-Vieux bridge, Confolens
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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: 2007-03-31
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Exposure: f/4, 1/1250 seconds
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Bridges, locks, dams, Vienne valley [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-12-19 4:03
Viewed: 4515
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
March 31, 2007
Confolens 160106 16500
Charente Poitou-Charentes
46.017 0.667 176 m

The Pont-Vieux, "Old Bridge", on the river Vienne, built and altered of XIe siécle at the XVIIIe century, Confolens.

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It is one of the oldest bridge of the Middle Ages, in France, which succeeded a Roman bridge probably destroyed by the Norman ones in IXe century. Built of 1030 to 1050, out of granite of Confolens and limestone of Pressac, over a length of 127 m. Pourvu with triangular spurs for the flat upstream and buttresses for the downstream, it comprised, a drawbridge and 9 arches of which 1st, 4th and 9th increased each one a square tower staging itself of 9 m to 10,40 m. The drawbridge was replaced by one 10th arch in 1660-1675. Turns and constructions were removed in 1777-1778. The triangular pier-heads were rounded at the XIXe century.

This bridge on Vienna, allowed the passage between the parish of Saint-Maxime of the diocese of Limoges the parish of Barthélemy Saint of the diocese of Poitiers. This extremely rare organization between two dioceses, comes from the situation of linguistic frontier town between the language of oïl and the language of Oc.

Confolens, (occitan: Confolent), is a French commune, located in the department of Charente of the Poitou-Charentes area, populated of 2 855 Confolentais, distributed on 19 km², that is to say 150 hab./km². Created by the lords of Chabanais to the junction (from which it draws its name) of Vienna and Goire.
Known universally for its international festival of arts and popular traditions of the World, the town of Confolens organizes the festival of folklore of Confolens since a half century.

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  • aadilj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2494 W: 64 N: 2604] (18102)
  • [2007-12-19 4:05]

I like the crisp feel and the lovely composition in this image. the colours and sunlight are bright and well captured. Good pov and framing

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24413 W: 523 N: 40840] (175730)
  • [2007-12-19 4:35]

Hello Joël,

You chose a very well angle, we get very great depth and perspective with the old bridge as subject.
Also the part of the city in background care for a nice and attractive picture.
Thanks for sharing.

Best regards,

Salut Joël,
nice POV on the bridge looking to the village. The half-round pillars are as good to see as the houses in the background. The workshop version of from October is my personal favourite because of the calm water.
Lieben Gruss, Ulf

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 13818 W: 0 N: 16050] (169358)
  • [2007-12-19 9:13]

Hello Joël,

Très imposant pont avec ces grsosses colonnes, ces belles archres, des superbes reflets dans l'eau et il m^nem à un bien beau village à l'arrière, superbe.

Bravo et amitiés


Salut Joel
Des couleurs de fin d'hiver pour mettre en scène ce pont massif.
Une belle utilisation de la diagonale et de jolis rflets dans l'eau. C'est bien vu!!

Ciao Joel ,
mi piace questo ponte sul fiume con dietro la cittadina graziosa ,
molto belli anche i riflessi sull'acqua .

I like the shot Joel,
the shot is taken from a good point, the perspective is great, the 1/3 rule is nice and the quality is high, good photojob here, have a nice evening.
gr. jaap

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  • belido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5207 W: 315 N: 5056] (19934)
  • [2007-12-19 12:49]

Hi Joel,

very nice perspective of the bridge and really good details you've captured of this scene. I like to see the those textures and the inclusion of the village on the top. Well balanced image. Great job!

bonjour Joël
ton POV est parfait pour nous montrer ce village et le pont qui y mène
le cadrage est très bon, bien vu :)

Hello Joel
Lovely old place in south France and the bridge is excellent there...
Good shot and

Bonjour, mon ami Joël,
Un véritable régal, cher Joël ! Je me lèche les babines en découvrant cette architecture d'origine médiévale.
De plus, la note d'accompagnement est un pur ravissement pour les passionnés d'histoire et d'architecture.
Joyeuses fêtes de Noël.

Bonjour Joel,

Ce pont a toute une architecture, la prise de vue permet de voir beaucoup de détails des pierres et les maisons en arrière-plan donne de la profondeur. Bravo, merci pour le partage.


PS: Merci pour ta critique positive sur mon coucher de soleil, svp envoie-moi un courriel pour plus d'info

Joël, ce pont est une merveille d'architecture. Dommage que les maisons ne soient pas toutes en harmonie avec lui. Il y a un immeuble qu'on aimerait ne pas voir. Il reste que le pont lui-même est très bien rendu.

Salut Joel,
Un bon angle avec ce cadrage où le pont forme une diagonale qui donne de la profondeur à l'image.

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  • Cricri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 15450 W: 159 N: 27003] (141836)
  • [2007-12-20 11:37]

Bonsoir Joel,
Bon POV et perspective, belle image de ce vieux pont aux formes imposante, douce lumiére et couleurs, joli aussi les WS
Passe une bonne soirée

Ciao Joel,
fare dei bei riflessi in una zona dove non c'è luce è una cosa difficilissima, ma tu ci sei riuscito molto bene. Ottima composizione ed eccellente POV per questa foto nitida e piena di dettagli belli. Sempre buone le tue note. Bravo,

Hi Joel,
Good pov to show the structure of an old stone bridge, and good pov to show reflections in WS, good pov to show the bridge connect to a peaceful old town, well done.

très bon cadrage de ce vieux pont de pierre avec des supports impressionnants
bien vu avec la ville en arrière plan
bonnes fêtes à toi aussi

Great detail Joel, lovely range of gray colors. great capture.


Hi Joel,
Very spectacular architecture image from Confolens. I like the attractive diagonal composition and the cosy atmosphere. Colours and lights are excellent, Very well done!
Happy New Year to you and your Family!

Your composition and POV are great using the bridge to lead the eye into the photo. The curves of the pillars of the bridge contrast nicely with the sharp angles of the buildings. The lighting and colors are great with nice sharpness and detail.

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  • Charo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5142 W: 58 N: 12086] (51212)
  • [2008-01-09 12:30]

Bonsoir Joël,
Buena toma en diagonal de este viejo puente de piedra. Excelente luz y perspectiva sobre la villa. Buen trabajo.

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