a view from the belvedere at Villandry castle.
''Villandry is one of the great chateaux built on the banks of the Loire during the Renaissance. It has the distinctive feature of being the residence of neither a king nor a courtesan, but of Jean Le Breton, Minister of Finance for François I.
At Villandry, Jean Le Breton drew on his exceptional architectural experience acquired on a large number of sites, including the Chateau of Chambord, which he supervised and directed on behalf of the Crown over many years.
When he arrived in Villandry in 1532, he had the old feudal fortress razed to the ground, except for the keep, a dramatic testimony to the conference held on 4 July 1189 at which Henry II of England (Henry Plantagenet) admitted his defeat before King Philip Augustus of France, signing the treaty known as “La Paix de Colombiers ” (The Peace of Colombiers) two days before he died.
In place of the fortress, he had three apparently simple main structures built adjoining the keep, to form a horseshoe opening onto the valley through which the Cher and the Loire flow. Arcades, mullioned windows surrounded by richly decorated pilasters, high lucarnes with sculpted curves and broad, steeply sloping slate roofs frame a main courtyard in proportions of rare elegance, the whole stamped with the architectural principle of the period: symmetry.
Despite being nearby and almost contemporary to Azay-le-Rideau, at Villandry the Italian influences and medieval references – turrets, pinnacles, decorative machicolations – completely disappeared to make way for a simpler, purely French style which, in particular as regards the form of the roofs, prefigured Anet, Fontainebleau and what was to become Henry IV style. Villandry’s originality lies not only in its avant-garde architectural design; it is also to be found in the use made of the site on which it was built, in complete harmony with nature and stone, with gardens of outstanding beauty.
Keen on architecture, Jean Le Breton was also interested in the art of gardening, which he had occasion to study when ambassador to Rome. Times had changed. Feudal fortresses made way for delicate chateaux, ramparts became walls which now allowed one to gaze out over the surrounding landscape, the enclosed, utilitarian gardens of the Middle Ages made way for ornamental gardens, in a gentle transition between the house and its natural setting. Villandry was no exception to the new fashion. At the foot of the chateau, overlooking the River Cher, gardens were laid whose splendour already earned the estate a reputation outside the Loire Valley.''
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lousat (85018) 2013-01-09 0:40
Ciao Ale,bella ripresa dei giardini di Villandry,piu' famoso per le sue insalata nei giardini che per l'architettura in se stessa,hai fatto bene a concentrare l'attenzione sul verde,ottimo scatto.Buona giornata e Buon Anno,Luciano
papagolf21 (93094) 2013-01-09 1:10
Bonjour, cher ami Alessandro,
Merveilleuse vue sur les jardins paysagers. Le cadrage est parfait pour rendre compte de la beauté et du travail réalisé.
Meilleurs voeux 2013.
Nicou (133338) 2013-01-09 5:27
Il est immense ce jardin superbe quelle vue et quel dessin de ces buissons taillés quelle immensité, superbe.
Bravo et amitié
carlo62 (41195) 2013-01-09 5:49
bella panoramica su questi splendidi e famosi giardini. Grazie al pov la vista è molto ampia e suggestiva, bella luce e bei colori.
dkmurphys (54445) 2013-01-09 6:40
Amazing garde, a true masterpiece! Well taken, spectacular panorama!
Kielia (24077) 2013-01-09 8:06
a beautiful impression of these wonderful gardens with beautiful colors and a very nice light. The cloudy sky is really very pleasant. The photographer’s perspective is excellent. My compliments also for the notes!
cornejo (37653) 2013-01-09 11:27
Alesandro Salve, questo è un buon quadro di questi giardini interessanti e belli. Immagine molto bella e interessante con molto buona pov e di buona qualità. Lavoro molto buono e bello ben fatto, complimenti amico mio. Grazie per aver condiviso il tuo lavoro bello e interessante.
Buona notte e settimana felice.
Saluti dal sud della Spagna.
JFS (32459) 2013-01-09 23:11
Fantastic view of this Chateau, for me it has the nicest and most original gardens i've ever seen, a real pleasure for the eyes.
All the best,
bukitgolfb301 (38512) 2013-01-10 18:48
Hi Ciao dear Alessandro
Yes honestly I am impressed by European wonderful culture and tradition via your great posting. Good panfocus and widefocus appraoch present this wide tasteful garden very well. You present the best framewrok and composition via shrp focusing as usual.
Thanks for your sharing and have a good last working day!
Takero from cold Tokyo
ikeharel (65141) 2013-01-20 0:32
fantastic view on the garden, with a meticulous lavish gardnening-work.
Higher POV contributed an inclusive and far view upon.
Nice colors, mingle red with green.
sacavem (18620) 2013-01-29 7:45
Geometric arrangement of pretty garden. The colors are great.
Schnappilic (9690) 2013-02-06 11:49
Great courtyard of the Villandry castle. From this point the view is superb! Well done!
- Copyright: ALESSANDRO MACCHI (SWEETFREEDOM) (24100)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-09-05
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: CANON EOS 550D, 17-40 f/4 L USM Canon, 77 B+W MRC UV
- Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: French 2012
- Date Submitted: 2013-01-09 0:26