Chapel of Notre-Dame before storm, Etretat
Étretat is a commune in the Seine-Maritime department in the Haute-Normandie region in northern France.
As for reaching the top of the Falaise d’Aval, a very steep stair-path winds up to the top of the “Falaise d’Amont”. (You will need approximately 1 hour for a return walk). Here stands the Notre-Dame de la Garde Chapel, made of stone. In 1854, Etretat’s fishermen decided to build a chapel dedicated to the Holy Virgin, their Patron Saint. The Nazis blew out the building in 1942 and it was rebuilt in the early 1950’s. Behind the Chapel stands another monument, which looks like a tall white arrow, dedicated to aviators Nungesser and Coli, who were the first to attempt the crossing of the Atlantic Ocean without stopping.
Étretat, a romantic open-air theatre overlooking the Channel, has provided inspiration to some of the most illustrious artists, and even a brief visit is enough to understand why.
Although the time is long past when women came to wash their linen on the beach, Etretat is still a place where emotions are real and man is in direct contact with Nature at its most beautiful and fragile. The astonishing verticality of the cliffs of the Alabaster Coast contrasts perfectly with the gentle roundness of the shore. The waves of pebbles on which children love to slide reflect those of the sea, and transport you into a world of dreams. Will you let yourself be tempted by a boat trip, or do you prefer to discover the cliffs, following trails that overhang the Channel? Whether you are aboard a small craft or on the summit of these limestone dignities, you can only marvel at the splendour of a completely unique seascape. Even if the treasure of the Kings of France were hidden somewhere in these mysterious surroundings, legends do not need to be written, here they have their own lives in this setting whose ageless renown has not undermined its wild beauty.
From the windswept top you can see further rock formations and possibly even glimpse Le Havre, but the views back to the village sheltered in the valley, and the Falaise d'Amont on its eastern side – which Maupassant compared to an elephant dipping its trunk into the ocean – are what stick in the memory. The cliff itself presents an idyllic rural scene, with a gentle footpath winding up the green hillside to the little chapel of Notre-Dame.
The cliffs : Courtine, Manneporte, the Aval and Amont cliffs, the Vaudieu rock or the Aiguille de Belval. Mysterious names borne by these sculptures carved by the sea in the chalk and flint of the Pays de Caux plateau. Some people think they can see the head of an elephant dipping his trunk in the waves, while others assert, as Maupassant did, that a ship with all sails flying could pass through the Manneporte arch... but you may decide for yourself! (Source: normandie-tourisme)
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danos (73960) 2012-09-09 1:19
Good morning George,
great the view of the chapel with the falling light before the storm comes make the image unique.I like the excellent POV with the visitors of the place to enjoy the Nature as the backdrop sea.
Have a good Sunday,Danos
mesutilgim (67940) 2012-09-09 1:21
Hello dear George, my neighbour today,
Nice capture from Normandie.
The unusual architecture of this chapel is most probably created due to hard winds from Atlantic.
Good and usefull notes.
TFS and best regards
holmertz (26906) 2012-09-09 2:02
This is a wonderful chapel, perfectly placed near the edge of a rock looking out to the sea. The colours are pleasantly mild and the green, grey and yellow tones harmonize perfectly. The persons surrounding the chapel add life and dimensions and tell us that this is a place that is part of peoples' lives.
jlbrthnn (79773) 2012-09-09 2:06
The chapel is built to withstand the wind. A nice perspective, skillfully photographed. Good quality. Bravo.
Have a nice day
Royaldevon (17791) 2012-09-09 2:58
Good Morning George,
A most attractive church and what a view it has! It is obviously a popular venue for many tourists.
Although the light is not in your favour, you have still achieved excellent details in your well judged composition.
The colours are harmonious and help to create a tranquil mood.
Have a lovely Sunday,
timecapturer (30300) 2012-09-09 3:22
a beautifully composed shot and all the more atmospheric because of the stormy outlook. An amazing little church and so wonderfully positioned. Love the detailing here, your execution is flawless as always.
Enjoy your Sunday - regards Brian.
Rafer (14205) 2012-09-09 3:39
Bis Chapel shot... good POV, light and color!!!! Greetings George
siamesa (27449) 2012-09-09 3:51
Bom dia George
This chapel is charming. Very good point of view. Storms have a special appearance in photos. I like them.
jhm (122410) 2012-09-09 4:00
You shows us on a very nice way these small Chapel of Notre-Dame.
You did very well the people use as scale.
A very nice picture of this excellent and interesting composition of form and color.
Perspective and depth are perfect.
Excellent composition, good presentation. TFS.
Have a nice Sunday,
cornejo (18020) 2012-09-09 4:12
Hello György, very nice picture of this beautiful and interesting stone chapel and its surroundings. A nice composition very well technically. Very good and nice job perfectly done, congratulations my friend. Tfs.
Good Sunday afternoon and happy start to the week.
Best regards and best wishes.
jjcordier (62280) 2012-09-09 4:45
Très bon cadrage de cette chapelle et, encore une fois, j'aime beaucoup les tons d'image que tu as obtenus ici.
Sergiom (39184) 2012-09-09 6:18
J'aime beaucoup ton point de vue qui nous permet de voir le côté méconnu de la chapelle et de placer celle-ci dans son environnement de terre et de mer.Les nuages menaçants ajoutent un effet dramatique.
dta (51378) 2012-09-09 6:30
Hello George ,
The poor light and the grey sky create a fine mood . The angle of view and the framing are perfect . We can see also , all the people looking at the famous view over the falaises .
Sonata11 (28289) 2012-09-09 7:23
wow!!! what a impressive architecture using those stone to create such a beautiful church. Spectacular and beautiful place. I really love it. Great job.
Best regars and have a nice Sunday,
Schnappilic (7927) 2012-09-09 8:17
I like your perfect framing and dramatic atmosphere. The whole scene is superb. Congratulations!
All the best!
Bluejeans (64227) 2012-09-09 13:00
Ola George ,
Lindo este lugar com esta igreja de frente para o mar , beleza a arquitetura desta igreja em V invertido , bom contraste verde cinza , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
lakshmip1949 (19110) 2012-09-09 20:01
Very unusual looking chapel built of stones. The structure looks very beautiful between the gray sky and the the green grass. The atmosphere is very good. The colors look very natural and the quality is very good.
emka (58110) 2012-09-09 23:54
Hi George, Creative shot, with the famous rock of Etretat far away in bg. Nice stone chapel, but the sky before storm rather u npleasant.
Warm regrads, have a nice week
dkmurphys (36759) 2012-09-10 1:10
Very fine postcard with that old church. I like the colors and the ocean view from the back. Well seen.
Silvio1953 (98093) 2012-09-10 1:37
Ciao George, great POV on lovely chapel, superb Grey sky, splendid light and wonderful atmosphere, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
macjake (39227) 2012-09-18 9:47
I really like the overall appearance of the scene.
having the Chapel on the edge of the earth is really cool, and a smart idea.
no better way to get into the spirit than to be at a location like this!
the atmosphere did just that, give you more atmosphere for the bg.
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-08-16
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Pentax K10D
- Exposure: f/6.7, 1/350 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-09-09 1:15