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Insula Malleacensis, Maillezais

Insula Malleacensis, 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: Nature, Architecture, Ruins
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Exposure: f/8, 1/320 seconds
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Poitevin Marsh, Marais Poitevin, Sevre Niortaise valley [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2013-02-03 5:35
Viewed: 1922
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
April 6th, 2011
Maillezais 850133 85420
Vendée Pays de la Loire
46.373 -0.738 110 m

Insula Malleacensis, Maillezais

One view. July 22th, 2012.
Another view. July 22th, 2012.

"Insula Malleacensis" was an island in the Gulf of Pictons that gave birth to MARAIS POITEVIN. She became the 11th century Maillezais in the "Marais poitevin humide", wet marsh of Poitou, also known as "Green Venice".

_ 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.

One Maillezais abbey virtual visit.

_ 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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Hello Joël,
A very good capture of these still impressive ruins. I like the point of view and the use of the classical composition. The image is agreeably lit and has has superb detail. Seems a long time since I was last in Maillezais on a lovely warm summer's day; very nice to be reminded!

Bonjour Joel,

J'aime beaucoup le point de vue très près du sol qui apporte beaucoup de profondeur à l'image. Ces ruines sont superbes et la lumière aide à les mettre en évidence.



Bonjour Joël,
Imposantes ruines de cette abbaye posée sur la coline verdoyante. Les vieilles pierres se marient bien avec la verdure ondulante sur les pentes et foisonnantes dans le pré de longues herbes.
Merci du partage.

Hi Joël,
All three pictures here are very good. This is a very impressive ruined castle, captured from a good POV between the green grass and the blue sky. Interesting note and attached links.
Kind regards

Dobar dan, popodne.
Vrlo interesantan i dobar tekst o ostrvu i rusevini ...
Lep pogled na rusevinu Opatije ...
Dobra ostrina snimka, kontrast, lepe boje.
Dobra kompozicija, lepo pokazano.
Dobar rad sa lepim fotografijama u radionici.
Sve najbolje.

Good afternoon, this afternoon.
Very interesting and good text on the island, and the ruins of ...
Nice view of the abbey ruins ...
Good image sharpness, contrast, beautiful color.
Good composition, nice revealed.
Good work with beautiful photographs of the workshop.
All the best.

Salut Joel.
Impressionnantes ruines de cette grande abbaye, qui se dressent encore un air de défi sur la colline verte impressionne voir la cavité de la grande fenêtre gothique, qui doit avoir été une explosion.
Belle POV, avec des champs verts et les arbres sur la gauche.
Luminosité, la couleur et la netteté, très bien comme d'habitude.
Bon dimanche après-midi.

Bonsoir Joël,

La distance jusqu'aux ruines donne de la profondeur à la composition. La prise d evue permet de voir les détails et les couleurs des ruine de l'abbaye Saint-Pierre de Maillezais. La bonne luminosité embellie les couleurs. Bonne soirée.


en voyant ce beau vert , je me suis dit: c'est pas dans le languedoc ça!!!
j'aime beaucoup cette etendue verte surplombée par ces ruines
encore une belle prise de notre patrimoine..
bonne semaine

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  • Zucca Gold Star Critiquer [C: 284 W: 2 N: 1] (8)
  • [2013-02-03 13:10]

Bonsoir Joël,

Ces ruines sont belles et émouvantes... peut-être encore hantées par Agrippa d'Aubigné ? Bon cadrage, avec l'étendue herbeuse au premier plan, et vivement le retour du printemps et des beaux jours ;0)

Bonne soirée,


Si Rabelais c'est inspiré de ce qu'il a vécu ici, il devait s'en passer de belles dans l'abbaye! Bonnes photos de ces ruines majestueuses.

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 14063 W: 0 N: 16135] (171592)
  • [2013-02-04 6:41]

Hello Joël,

la lumière découpe parfaitement ces ruines quelle vue avec l'arche et la lumière ua-travers ce grand plan vert a ras, fantastique mise en valeur.
Bravo et amitié

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

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  • Vasa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2208 W: 0 N: 95] (515)
  • [2013-02-04 16:46]

Ta note que j'ai lu en francais est un vrai livre. Tu as de quoi etre fier en image et en parole. Merci Joel.


Salut Joel,
Ton option de cadrage est excellente pour valoriser ces ruines, très joli ton de vert en premier plan, bonne lumière sur les ruines.

Bonjour, cher ami Joël,
les ruines de l'abbaye se détachent au milieu d'un vert et joli paysage, et avec un bon contraste sur la ciel bleu, élégamment décoré avec des petits nuages.
La lumière crée des belles ombres sur les ruines, et les couleurs sont très bien rendues.
Une composition de toute beauté.
Bien amicalement,

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  • Cricri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 15702 W: 159 N: 27465] (144074)
  • [2013-02-06 12:17]

Bonjour Joel
Belle lumière qui met en valeur les ruines bien cadrer entre le vert et le bleu, intéressante réalisation, bien les deux WS
Belle soirée

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