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A castle, a history, Echire

A castle, a history, Echire
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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: 2012-07-23
Categories: Castles, Ruins
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSCHX100V
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/640 seconds
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Sevre Niortaise valley [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2012-09-13 3:02
Viewed: 1936
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
July 23th, 2011
Échiré 790162 79460
Deux-Sèvres Poitou-Charentes
46.39 -0.416 30 m

A castle, a history, Échiré

One view.
Another view.

In Échiré, on left bank of SÈVRE NIORTAISE, the ruins of Mursay castle 16th 17th centuries. Registered on Historic monuments since 1952.

AGRIPPA D'AUBIGNÉ, 1552-1630, soldier and poet, will settle down with his wife in the castle of Mursay from 1583, before living near Melle, and then in Maillezais, living short periods in the castle of Mursay until 1612.

The granddaughter of Agrippa d'Aubigné, FRANÇOISE D'AUBIGNÉ, been born in Donjon de Niort, spent the first eight years of her youth in the castle of Mursay, before pursuing her fate, and becoming MADAME DE MAINTENON, 1635-1719, morganatic wife of king Louis XIV, 1638-1715.

Mursay castle history.

Mursay castle ruins.

_ The SÈVRE-NIORTAISE river is a coastal river, which takes its source in the commune of Sepvret in the departement of Deux-Sèvres, close to Les Grandes-Fontaines hamlet, at 152 meters of altitude. It crosses Niort, then goes down in the MARAIS POITEVIN, marsh of Poitou, which it feeds, before throwing in the Atlantic Ocean in the Anse de l'Aiguillon, after a course of 158.1 km and the crossing of a catchment area of 3650 km², with a average flow of 44.4 m³/s. the Sèvre Niortaise and Sèvre-Nantaise rivers, gave their name to the department of Deux-Sèvres. Sèvre-Niortaise river description.

ÉCHIRÉ is a french commune, located in the department of Deux-Sèvres of the Poitou-Charentes area, populated of 3 321 Echiréens in 2009, distributed on 31 km², that is to say 107,1 hab./km².

Échiré history.

My images of Échiré.
My images of 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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Hello Joël,
The information board in the foreground obviously depicts the castle in a former time in a more complete state. One wonders how long ago and how the dereliction occurred. A well framed composition with attractive natural colours and some interesting shadow play across the foreground. Fine technical quality.

Bonjour Joël,

Les arbres cadrent bien les ruines du château. La prise d evue permet de voir les détails et les couleurs des ruines du château de Mursay. La bonne luminosité rehuasse les couleurs de l'image. Bonne journée.


Bonjour Joel,

Cela prendrait vraiment quelqu'un très en moyens pour redonner vie à ce château. Mais comme vos riches ont décidé de quitter le pays et pour cause, laissez l'état s'en charger. En attendant, il va nous rester les belles photos prises.



Hi Joel

Another interesting note. I do enjoy reading your notes, so well researched, congratulations.
Great composition


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  • Zucca Gold Star Critiquer [C: 284 W: 2 N: 1] (8)
  • [2012-09-13 10:03]

Bonsoir Joël,

C'est une bonne idée d'avoir associé, sur la même photo, la carte postale ancienne et l'état actuel du château, dont les ruines font, hélas, peine à voir ! J'espère que l'association qui s'est créée lui redonnera son lustre passé, mais il y a du travail : plus de toit, des fenêtres bouchées aux moellons...

Bonne soirée,


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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 13800 W: 0 N: 16043] (169174)
  • [2012-09-13 10:13]

Hello Joël,

Fantastique cpatage ce château prsque en ruine avec la photo qui le montre en bon état, très bel ensemble bien vu nous nous montrer l'ensemble.

Bravo et amitié


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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9583 W: 157 N: 15497] (123957)
  • [2012-09-13 12:46]

Witaj Joel!
Interesting ruins.
Curious photo.
I like colors and sharpness.
Good idea with an old picture.
Have a nice evening

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  • TopGeo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4033 W: 93 N: 8299] (38220)
  • [2012-09-13 13:04]

Hello Joel! Castle is really beautiful Aside from the beauty of this architecture, I especially like the POV you choose to present us this scene. The image has also fantastic clarity and depth and despite shadow weather very good lighting and well-saturated colors. Superb composition.
best regards

Ciao Joel
hai fatto un ottimo lavoro, l'immagine così composta ha un senso, sarebbe stata meno interessante senza la cartolina in basso a destra.

Hi Joel,
a superb photo of this castle ruin with interesting note, the composition is very nice, great shot, Tfs! Have a nice week! Kellemes hetet kívánok!

Hello Joel,
fantastic picture and great observation. I really like your executed photo. An amazing comparison with the documentary image. Very curious history of those ruin.
Beautiful composition lika always. I leki it very much. Thanks you.
All the best,

Tu as réussi à agripper en même temps le château et sa représentation en images. Un souhait, maintenons le en l'état, si c'est encore possible! Heureusement il restera tes bonnes photos pour l'histoire.

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  • kato Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1386 W: 219 N: 3395] (11630)
  • [2012-09-13 23:14]

Hello Joel,

You're capturing well this medieval castle of the ruin by a good angle and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see old castle surrounded to green grass and trees. It looks like a stone-made strong fort. It's effective for the photograph of the castle in the lower right.
Have a nice day.

Kind regards,

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  • mirosu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1572 W: 0 N: 3418] (16313)
  • [2012-09-14 12:28]

Bonsoir Joel,
A great use of light. The deep depth of field is perfect. A well presented crop allows eyes to remain fixed on the castle. This is a really excellent photo, and is a good example of architectural mode. The great light on the castle and the blue sky with white clousd also lends a lovely contrast to the scene. Well done.

Ciao Joel,
le rovine hanno sempre un fascino ed in questo caso trattandosi di un castello storico ancora maggiore.
Nel WS si può ammirare la location nel suo complesso.
Una immagine molto nitida con una resa di colori perfettamente naturale.
Complimenti, TFS !
Belle soirée

Ciao Joel, great view of fantastic castle, lovely composition with B&W photo in FG, excellent clarity, splendid light and colors, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hi Joel
this one is very interesting.
I like that we can see how the Castle looked in its hay day.
and even the windows are very recognizable.
its a shame it now looks the way that it does.
a fine idea with an effective result for the interested viewer.

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