St. Etienne’s church, Fécamp
Fécamp is a commune in the Seine-Maritime department in the Haute-Normandie region in northern France. Fécamp is situated in the valley of the river Valmont, at the heart of the Pays de Caux, on the Albaster Coast. It is around 35 km northeast of Le Havre, and around 60 km northwest of Rouen.
St. Etienne’s church
This church retains the transept, apse, and south door of its vast 16th century construction project. Fine Renaissance columns in the middle of the church.
Details: 16th century flamboyant Gothic porch and south transept from 1500, facade and tower from the 19th century; wooden statues and pulpit 17th-18th century.
Fécamp developed over the centuries to become the leading French cod-fishing port, and a museum is devoted to the "Terre-neuvas", the Fécamp fishermen who caught cod in the waters off Newfoundland. The fishermen's houses can be seen by the port, and their chapel on the cliffs, with its votive boats (which express a wish) is worth the visit.
Situated on the alabaster Coast, Fécamp's authenticity and natural charm appeal to visitors. The abbey church of the Holy Trinity, the palace of the Dukes of Normandy and the rich collections in the terre-veuvas museum are not to be missed. The heady perfume of plants and spices which go into the famous liquor make it difficult to pass by the impressive Benedictine Palace without stepping inside.
According to its late medieval founding legend, the trunk of a fig tree (ficus) carrying the Precious Blood of Christ collected by Joseph of Arimathea was washed ashore on the riverbank at Fécamp in the 1st century. Immediately, a fountain of holy blood gushed from the site; the relic attracted many medieval pilgrims, enhancing the reputation of the city.
The monks' legend justified the artificial etymology of the name to Fici-campus, the camp of the fig tree. Fécamp, however, is mentioned in 875 as Fiscannum and in 990 as Fiscannus and as late as 1496 which stem from the Germanic root fisc (English "fish") with an unknown suffix. It used to be the name of the Valmont River.
In the 6th century, Saint Leger was exiled to Fécamp. In 932, William I of Normandy (Long-Sword) founded the castle that was to be the residence of the Dukes of Normandy up until 1204, after which, the Norman Duchy was integrated within the French royal domain. The castle was the birthplace of many Norman dukes, including Richard I of Normandy (born 933) and Richard II of Normandy (who died 22 August 1027).(Source:Fécamp & wikipedia)
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lousat (89200) 2012-09-16 1:47
Hi George,a beautiful interior and the best choice of point of view to create this excellent simmetry,great details and light managament,always difficult in these situations.Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano
snunney (96721) 2012-09-16 2:07
You continue your trawl through your archives with this fine composition, a very apt posting for a Sunday morning. A pleasing symmetrical composition with moody and atmospheric lighting. Excellent rendering of the architectural detail. Have a good Sunday.
tedesse (25135) 2012-09-16 2:23
Beautiful interior of the church, a nice symmetry and show architectural details.
Have a nice Sunday
siudzi (34141) 2012-09-16 2:52
Great architectural shot taken with a perfect symmetry of your composition. Like the golden tones achieved here which gave a good contrast to the wooden chairs and other elements. Very well done!
sandpiper (6788) 2012-09-16 5:23
Great architecture, great light and nice tones and textures.
Sonata11 (33753) 2012-09-16 8:44
today we're both inside the churches. I like your composition and vertical framing. Very beautiful interior of this church with fantastic piont of view, fantastic symmetry, great perspective. Magnificent execution of this photo. Love it. Thanks for sharing.
All the best and have a nice Sunday,
holmertz (50774) 2012-09-16 8:54
An interesting church where your well handled light has captured the atmosphere very nicely. There ar many fine details which are well described in your note.
mohammad_H (9896) 2012-09-16 9:57
Beautifully framed and excellent exposure
Picture of a beautiful attractive and interesting interior design and decor
Good camera angle.
Very well done
carlo62 (45840) 2012-09-16 10:30
nonostante la poca luce, sei riuscito ad ottenere un ottimo risultato.
mauro61 (52855) 2012-09-16 10:33
inquadratura verticale che rende merito alla bellezza di questi interni.
Buona la definizione in ambiente chiuso con una perfetta visione dei particolari,
Schnappilic (9690) 2012-09-16 11:41
Superb interior of this beautiful church with a excellent light management. Looks like an old picture. Congratulations!
kathryn_weir (2056) 2012-09-16 12:22
A very beautiful and symmetrical interior shot with superb management of the light through the far windows. Your POV and sharpness and detail captured are superb.
Thanks for sharing
dkmurphys (57033) 2012-09-16 14:00
A classical presentation of the common interior of a Western cathedral. I like the atmosphere and the architecture. Well composed.
npecanhuk (74462) 2012-09-16 14:21
Wonderful interior details!
Very beautiful picture!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, chosen pov, vertical format, black & white borders, contrasts and symmetrical composition are all excellent!
TFS - congrats,
jjcordier (79297) 2012-09-16 23:16
Intéressante photo de l'intérieur de cette église de Fécamp avec de beaux tons marrons.
TopGeo (38216) 2012-09-17 0:24
Hello George The beautiful old historic church is caught in brilliant light that brings dark color, fantastic details and soothing shadows. Interior of St. Etienne’s church the perfect background. I like the clean lines and the simplicity of architecture! A fine point of view and the subject is well framed perspective and fine details!
Silvio1953 (139889) 2012-09-17 1:53
Ciao George, great perspective on fantastic interior, splendid light and wonderful clarity, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
abmdsudi (52431) 2012-09-17 17:01
Elegant and charm in enormous depth, a great indoor shot in dual-color. The symmetry makes this an interesting perspective in natural light, warm tones so much of delicate detail and the overall effect is very pleasing to the eye. This makes a very eyecatching shot, Great work, Congrats.
bona (13737) 2012-09-18 7:42
love to much the light here and the color tones. Very beaituful photo of this church, I like it a lot.
Curious history of ficus tree.
Have a nice day my friend
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-08-16
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Pentax K10D
- Exposure: f/3.5, 1/8 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-09-16 1:46