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El Portal d'Amoun, la Couvertoirade

El Portal d'Amoun, la Couvertoirade
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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: 2013-02-13
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSCHX100V
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/250 seconds
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Causse du Larzac [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2013-04-05 4:06
Viewed: 2487
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
February 13th, 2013
La Couvertoirade 120082 12230
Aveyron Midi-Pyrenees
43.917 3.317 785 m

El Portal d'Amoun, la Couvertoirade

One view. February 12th, 2013.
Another view.February 12th, 2013.

In la Couvertoirade in the northern ramparts, the square tower of 20 meters called "El Portal d'Amoun" in Occitan, the Amont gate 15th century, and fortified gate of the Couvertoirade village.

The village streets are lined with traditional houses of the plateau, vaulted ground floor. The first floor accessed by an external staircase and an attic covered with slate.

_ On CAUSSE OF LARZAC, in a medieval village built at the 12th century by the KNIGHTS OF THE ORDER OF THE TEMPLE, and in a fortified enclosure built with the 15th century by the SOVEREIGN MILITARY HOSPITALLER ORDER OF SAINT JOHN OF JERUSALEM, during seven centuries, the Knights Templar, then the Hospitaller Order in 1312, practised the culture and the breeding there, providing provisioning for the war.

In 1119, Hugues de Payns, knight originating in Champagne, melt a militia, "The Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon", which will become the "Knights of the Order of the Temple". Monks, knights, monks and soldiers, Templiers will defend Jerusalem, and the pilgrims going on the tomb of Christ.
In 1291, following the fall Saint-Jean-d'Acre, the Knights Templar are folded up in Cyprus, then in Rhodos.
In 1312, the order is dissolved, and after a lawsuit, the large Master Jacques de Molay and other Knights templar are sharp flarings on roughing-hew it.

Before the first crusade, a hospital is founded in Jerusalem close of the Holy Sepulchre for the Western pilgrims, other Hospitals are create in the ports Italian and Provencaux. In 1113, the Hospital of Midsummer's Day of Jerusalem is recognized like an independent hospital order.
In 1140, the Order of the Hospital becomes in military order, with nevertheless vocation of charity and defense of Christendom.
In 1312, the goods of Templiers, after their dissolution, are allotted to the Hospital ones.
In 1522, Turkish takes Rhodos.
In 1530, the emperor Charles Quint allots Malta to the Hospital ones. They since are called SOVEREIGN MILITARY ORDER OF MALTA or Knights of Malta .

La Couvertoirade history.

_ The CAUSSE of LARZAC is vastest and southernmost of "GRANDS CAUSSES", large causses. Its 1000 km ² of plateau rise from 600 to 900 meters. It is limited to the North-East by Dourbie river which separates it from "Causse Noir", in the North-West the Tarn river separates it from the plateau of Lévézou, in the west it stops with the depression of Roquefort. Its surface is strewn with famous sites with the military orders, Knights of the Order of the Temple and Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem.

_ The GRANDS CAUSSES, in the south of the Massif Central, are delimited in north by the plateau of "Aubrac", in the east by the Cévennes, the south by the plain of the "lodévois", in the west by the plateau of "Lévézou". These are plateaus limestones whose altitude varies from 700 to 1250 meters of altitude, and of surface going up to 1000 km². The "Grands Causses" are formed by important "Causses of Larzac" (1000 km²), of "Sauveterre" (550 km²), "Méjean" (330 km²), and "Noir" (200 km²), but also of the causses "Comtal", "Rouge" and of "Sévérac", and many small peripheral causses like causses of "Mende", "Blandas", "Changefèges", "Bégon", etc… No waterway circulates on the surface of the plates, because the rainwater infiltrates in the karstic, generating networks of many swallow-holes and caves, to re-appear in the valleys. Geology of causses and the cévennes.

LA COUVERTOIRADE is a french commune, located in the department of Aveyron of the Midi-Pyrénées area, populated of 179 Couvertoiradois in 2009, distributed on 61.9 km², that is to say 2.9 hab./km².

The village of La Couvertoirade is quoted, Cubertoirata, as of the 11th century.

La Couvertoirade is one of the most beautiful villages of France.

My images of la Couvertoirade.
My images of the Causse du larzac.

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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Bonjour, cher ami Joël,
Il faut reconnaître que les bâtisseurs des Templiers voyaient les choses en grand en admirant cette tour carrée monumentale.
Quant aux murs, ils assuraient une défense particulière.
Comme à l'accoutumée, la prise de vue est fort bien accompagnée d'une note très instructive.
Un grand merci du partage.
Excellente journée.

Hello Joël,
I like the point of view and especially the lovely warm light as it plays across the old stone walls. The image is very well exposed and perfectly presented.

Bonjour Joel

Très content de te voir de retour avec cette belle photo des remparts et surtout de cette belle tour carrée qui pousse dans un ciel de carte postale. La neige accompagne très bien le tout et la note comme toujours est recherchée.



Hello dear Joel

That's a very well composed image with great details and colors.Greta ligthning usage and POV.Great result.

All the best

Bonjour Joël,

Les arbres cadrent bien la tour. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails et les couleurs de la tour et des remparts. La bonne luminosité met en valeur les couleurs de l'image. Bonne journée.


Salut Joel,
Une tour et des remparts bien présentés, Jolie luminosité et contraste, le ciel bleu et l'arbre apportent des couleurs à la photo de cette imposante fortification, une belle présentation hivernale.

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  • Zucca Gold Star Critiquer [C: 284 W: 2 N: 1] (8)
  • [2013-04-05 12:36]

Bonsoir Joël,

La tour est imposante, belle lumière et bon cadrage, avec le banc, à gauche, qui permet de profiter des lieux et de se reposer au soleil !

Bon week-end,


Te revoilà...avec d'intéressantes photos des remparts de La Couvertoirade (ma préférence va à la version "une vue") désertés en cette période mais bien éclairés.

Bonsoir Joel,
Red your note about the history and the link to the 12th century events.
Nice photo about the ancient wall and formidouble 20m oblong tower. The snow accumulated in front of the gate is well in balanced contrast.
Fine shot, interesting to knwo about the place.
au revoir,

Hi Joël,
We really fell in love with this very pleasant and attractive little town. It is very interesting to see it here, without all the tourists but with snow as an improbable component. Very beautiful pictures, all three of them!
Kind regards

Ciao Joel, great view of fantastic old tower, excellent clarity, fine details and splendid light, very well done, my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

Olá Joel,

The light and shadows is good. And I like the good contrasts of the stones and the high tower against the blue sky.


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  • Didi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8687 W: 4463 N: 15271] (61475)
  • [2013-04-13 10:20]

Salut Joël
Le fait de vivre à proximité de cette région te donne l'avantage de choisir l'heure favorable de prise de vue.
Cela n'a pas été le cas pour moi lors de mon dernier passage le soleil était dans la mauvaise direction.
Belle luminosité ambiante avec la neige qui agrémente la vue
Bien cordialement

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