Built over the tomb of St Martin, Bishop of Tours, the basilica depicted here is much smaller that its predecessor which was destroyed at the end of the 18th century. It was built between 1896 and 1924 to the designs of local architect Victor Laloux. The style is a mix of Romanesque and Byzantine.
The basilica also houses a museum depicting the main events in the life of St Martin and offers a history of the site and the various buildings erected here since the first tomb was laid.
Due to space constraints, the picture is a stitch of six images.
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Budapestman (82620) 2010-01-03 0:54
a very beautiful photo of this basilica with spectacular composition, the lights and POV are very attractive. Imposing sight, Tfs! Have a nice Sunday! Boldog Új évet! Happy New Year!
jhm (160975) 2010-01-03 1:46
Very well detailed picture with the different towers and splendid dome, nice contrast image
Pleasant colour for look at.
Nice composition, good depth and perspective.
Very well done, TFS.
Healthy 2010 and a lot pictures in 2010.
Have a nice sunday,
Silvio1953 (154173) 2010-01-03 1:49
Ciao Stephen, great POV on fantastic basilica, wonderful architecture with splendid light and colors, very well done, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio
rodgerg (55767) 2010-01-03 2:11
un angle de vue très bien choisi pour présenter cette impressionnate basilique. J'aime les deux rues qui s'ouvrent sur la gauche et sur la droite ainsi que les passants qui s'y trouvent. Tout cela apporte vie et perspective à l'image. Les traces laissées par les avions dans le ciel apportent un plus de rythme et de dynamisme.
chinchini (31529) 2010-01-03 2:25
Tu as réalisé là une image très difficile avec un stitch de 6 photos prises en contre-jour. Malgré un léger halo autour de l'édifice, le résultat est bon et la netteté correcte. Belle Papagolfade dominicale mon Cher !
mikolaj_kawa (0) 2010-01-03 2:59
Hello Stephen! Amazing St. Martin, wonderful basilica, excellent architecture. Nice lightness. Superb perspective and perfect exposure. Good shot. Well done!
sabermonajati (11435) 2010-01-03 3:18
architecture is astonishing.you captured skillful image
happy new year.
npecanhuk (78923) 2010-01-03 4:35
What a magnificent basilica!
I also like the effects you got in its shapes due to the pov and the stitches!
Sharpness, exposure, colors and composition also please me a lot!
TFS - congratulations!
My warmest regards,
phwall (6785) 2010-01-03 5:05
I'm looking and looking and I can't see one stitch, your reaching seamstress status with your needle work. :)))
I'm not sure about the way the top half of the Basilica seems to be bulging, but as you say you had space constraints.
Anyway it is a great effort, sometimes we just have to appreciate the work that goes into producing an image and admire it for what it is. I do.
I'd love to see the six shots you started with.
Have a good week.
saxo042 (37968) 2010-01-03 5:11
A very interesting picture, in two way. First as a picture of this impressive basilica, secondly as a demonstration of your stitching technique. These is some slight distortion of the cupola but still a very impressive picture. Even the jet tracks in the sky contribute to the composition!
amaryllis (37039) 2010-01-03 5:18
je ne me souvenais pas de cette basilique à Tours dont d'après ta photo et bon cadrage, qui nous montre une architecture remarquable, de beaux détails et netteté avec une bonne luminosité
jlbrthnn (76039) 2010-01-03 5:33
On constate en effet que l'assemblage était nécessaire, car il semble ne pas y avoir suffisamment de recul. C'est une belle réussite, avec une lumière excellente, en semi contre-jour. La netteté est parfaite. Bravo.
Fis2 (107486) 2010-01-03 7:13
A very interesting architecture.
Nice colors and light.
Gerrit (52283) 2010-01-03 8:36
beautiful church and excellent photo in well controlled light.
diomed (13926) 2010-01-03 9:28
amazing architectural capture, splendid light and colours, nice perspective and depth. Lovely composition.
I wish for you an happy first week of the year
Charo (51212) 2010-01-03 13:19
La basilique est majestueuse et magnifique architecture, un bon travail d'assemblage. Excellente lumière et la perspective.
guytoc (3614) 2010-01-03 13:48
La contre-plongée donne une vision très impressionnante de la basilique en accentuant de manière heureuse les lignes de fuite de la perspective oblique, avec en prime une belle lumière.
I wish you a Happy New Year.
Friendly from Belgium.
gunbud (34066) 2010-01-03 17:47
Wonderful POV giving us a full view of both sides of this magnificent basilica.
The details are superb with the intricate design standing out brilliantly.
A Happy Healthy New Year To You And Yours.
Muse (34962) 2010-01-05 9:30
Ùne superbe architecture et un tout bon cadrage.
Très joli ciel et une lumière difficile bien gérée.
dip (23892) 2010-01-07 4:00
a wonderful image,excellent viewing angle and framing!
very well done,
Didi (60590) 2010-01-09 7:16
Interesting approach on the basilica in back lights.
Ok you were too close, the stitch is OK but there is one procedure missing, please see the WS.
sacavem (18620) 2010-01-09 14:29
Good pov to show an historical cathedral, detail to see the unique design and structure of a local cathedral.
delpeoples (59886) 2010-01-15 6:11
Hi Stephen, nice shot! The sky and the sky-writing really accentuate the grandness of this amazing building. You've stitched well, there's only a very slight distortion (which I always like anyway) and the square framing is very apropriate. TFS and have a lovely weekend, Lisa
Noel_Byrne (33732) 2012-10-15 5:55
Your gallery has so many amazing architectural images! This is yet another, and is another spectacular construction. Cant believe that this is a stitching shot. Although I have no idea how this is done, I would imagine its difficult, and to end up with this is great. The people in the shot give such great scale to its vast height.
All the best
pierrefonds (71725) 2015-04-15 16:55
The presence of the people has an effect of scale. The point of view is showing a double perspective of the architecture of the Saint-Martin basilica. The good luminosity is enhancing the beauty of the colors. Have a nice day.
jusninasirun (17527) 2017-03-17 6:40
The moment captured to display this wonderful architecture is brilliant. The human interest and jet trails on a beautiful day is amazing. Good job and I seriously like this shot.
Thanks and have a nice day,