A corner of the vast Place du Marché in the town of Richelieu.
Some information taken from a somewhat longer article about the town and château on Wikipedea:
Richelieu is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. It lies south of Chinon and west of Sainte-Maure de Touraine and is surrounded by mostly agricultural land. Its inhabitants are called Richelais, and Richelaises. Because of its design as the "ideal city" of the seventeenth century, the town is the subject of various protective measures as regards its architecture.
The town was built on the instructions of Cardinal Richelieu adjacent to an existing château (now destroyed), which belonged to the Cardinal's family.
The town is about 700 meters long by 500 meters wide. It is accessible by three monumental gates; a fourth, dummy gate exists to respect the symmetry of the whole. The urban plan revolves around two symmetrically arranged places: Place Royale and the Place du Cardinal (now Place du Marché pictured here), in which are grouped the presbytery, the "audience" (now the town hall), a covered open market hall (still surviving, with wooden pillars and roof beams) and shops.
To ensure quick settlement, the Cardinal imposed no city taxes. In return, buyers of plots for construction undertook to build within two years a "flag" or a house according to the plans and specifications filed with the court of the city, while being forced to chose as builder one of the Cardinal's appointees. A register of specific transactions is kept, allowing historians to know today the list of owners of the original buildings of the city.
Upon the death of Cardinal, the city ceased to grow, but continued to have illustrious visitors, like Louis XIV of France, Jean de La Fontaine, and Voltaire. According to La Fontaine, Richelieu was at the time of writing the "most beautiful village of the universe."
In 1790, during the convening of the Estates General, representatives of the town of Richelieu sat with those of Mirebeau in the delegation of Saumur, within the generality of Tours. The same year, the town of Richelieu was separated from Saumur to integrate with the then new Department of Indre-et-Loire.
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rodgerg (55767) 2009-09-09 1:12
Une vue large qui permet d'appércier l'ampluer de cette palce. Des teintes douces et quelques reflets sous le jet d'eau, un beau et agréable ciel bleu. Le POV est bien choisi avec le jet d'eau donne de la profondeur à l'image.
john1 (4028) 2009-09-09 1:39
Imposante la place, les couleurs sont belles.
Une bonne lumière et le fait d'avoir inclus une fontaine , rend ta composition vivante.
Le ciel est aussi merveilleux.
Une bonne journée a toi.
delpeoples (53009) 2009-09-09 2:22
Hi Stephen, thank you for bringing us to yet another beautiful corner of France. The name Richelieu is so famous, yet I never knew there was a town named after him. Good use of shutter speed to capture the fountain in the FG and that sky of yours is, as always, beautifully exposed. TFS and enjoy the rest of your week, Lisa.
gildasjan (41604) 2009-09-09 2:37
La flaque d'eau crée par ces jets est un plus à cette composition sous ce bon bleu ciel.Il y a des voitures mais comment faire autrement?
Budapestman (82620) 2009-09-09 2:53
beautiful sunny photo of this lovely town, I like the panoramic composition and the mood of the photo, the colours and lights are beautiful, excellent note. Tfs! Have a nice day!
francio64 (38276) 2009-09-09 4:20
Ciao mio amico Stephen,
bella immagine per composizione e buona gestione dei processi di post produzione.
Gli spruzzi di acqua sulla sinistra, danno dinamicità alla scena. Bello e variopinto il cielo.
Nicou (122146) 2009-09-09 4:47
Elle est bien belle cette place avec la belle fontiane, ce pavage, ceil merveilleux ciel, très beau cadrage qui nous montre bien l'ensemble, superbe.
Bravo et amitié
PixelTerror (0) 2009-09-09 5:05
A pleasant village square with some rural french utility vehicles to be seen, it looks... very dead !
Have a nice day JY
John_F_Kennedy (42458) 2009-09-09 5:38
Wonderful picture. Its a magnificent plazza captured in a good point of view. The fine light really stand out with great colours.
macondo (18623) 2009-09-09 5:55
Your shot has an expansive wide-angle feel about it, appropriate to the subject. It looks like a large market square for a smallish town. It's certainly a very quiet afternoon! I like the sleepy look of the place, the total stillness broken only by the fountain. That looks like the hotel de ville on the left. Thanks for the interesting note about its history and connection with the cardinal.
jlbrthnn (76037) 2009-09-09 6:36
Tu auras la plus belle collection de photos de mairie de toute la France :) Excellente et agréable image de la place avec une ambiance typiquement française. Très bonne lumière, parfaite réalisation. Bravo.
wolf38 (31280) 2009-09-09 6:51
Hello Stephen. A further of your beautiful photos of old cities, buildings, places etc. The jumping well is unusual. Informative text like always. A good photographic contribution. Best regards, Wolfgang.
dareco (17134) 2009-09-09 6:55
Nice pov and very good detail. The water spraying from the fountain is nicely 'frozen'. Very natural lighting and colors. TFS
saxo042 (37568) 2009-09-09 9:54
This looks like a very typical street scene in a very typical French town. There are enough interestings things here to write a note about, but where are all the people? I guess you get quite another impression of this place when you are there, at least there are free parking places!
Fis2 (85599) 2009-09-09 13:32
Curious place.Good frame and colors.
The fountain add savor of photo.
Charo (51210) 2009-09-09 15:00
Magnifique architecture autour de la grande place. J'aime le détail de la source singulier et le contraste avec le joli ciel bleu. Excellente composition et les détails.
jjanczyk (2579) 2009-09-09 16:34
Lovely place, natural colors and beautiful light.
jurek1951 (42156) 2009-09-09 21:58
Beautiful clouds and sky,great composiiton and nice sharpness,
Very interesting architecture.
cobra112 (15589) 2009-09-10 12:05
Ciao Stephen. Nice place today in great light and amazing contrast. Interesting sky. Good compo indeed.
batalay (35611) 2009-09-10 17:49
The note is befits this excellent, panoramic view of Richellieu. I knew nothing about the village until I saw and read about it in your package. Well done.