Besieged in 778 by Charlemagne, it became the residence of the Counts of Bigorre in the 11th and 12th centuries. In the 13th century, it passed into the possession of the Counts of Champagne, part of the kingdom of Navarre before coming under the crown of France under Philippe le Bel. It was ceded to the English by the Treaty of Brétigny in 1360, before returning to France at the start of the 15th century after two sieges. In the 17th century, the castle became a royal prison, and a state prison after the French Revolution, continuing in this role until the start of the 20th century when it became the Pyrenean Museum (Musée Pyrénéen) (1921) which it remains
The castle's origins go back to Roman times. Various remains from this era (fragments of sculpture, votive offerings, wall foundations) were brought to light by military engineering work in the 19th century. However, a consequence of these works was the destruction of the greater part of the ancient walls. The finds are exhibited on the site.
Today, the oldest remains date from the 11th and 12th centuries and consist of the foundations of the present fortifications.
The castle was reinforced in the 13th and 14th centuries (construction of the keep), and again in the 17th and 18th centuries.
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lousat (87220) 2012-11-22 9:06
Hi Barbara,a very nice and rich view,the flowers under the lamp remember me the old Budapest streets that i seen in August,perfect pov,details and exposure and a lot of different architechtures in a same pic.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
cargus (10053) 2012-11-22 11:01
Interesting buildings details, well played in your picture ,sharpness , exposure and natural colors are excellent!...well done.!!
Fis2 (93911) 2012-11-22 12:36
Ciekawa latarnia przystrojona kwiatami.
Ciekawy kontrast architektury.
Milego popoludnia :)
tedesse (25135) 2012-11-22 12:58
Interesujacy POV i kompozycja!
Piekna latarnia na pierwszym planie i potezne zamczysko w tle. Wspaniale kolory i ostrosc. Piekna praca.
aliabazari (16109) 2012-11-22 20:22
A very beautiful and attractive storefront displays. Good background and depth. There is very good.
snunney (94993) 2012-11-23 3:05
The well chosen point of view shows us a most interesting scene with the yellow painted apartment block making an excellent contrast with the stone walls of the castle. I like also the inclusion of the lamp and the flower basket, which contribute some contrasting colour and texture. Nicely presented image with good colours and clarity.
sabermonajati (11063) 2012-11-23 5:00
excellent combine from old and new architecture together you captured.
zoomer (6) 2012-11-24 12:32
Hi,interesting and well composed image covering a large span of time.The castle still holds the authority in the picture.All the best,Wolf.
milad_abazari (1648) 2012-11-24 22:28
Hello dear friend
Beautiful view of the deep. Registration was very nice. Very good exposure and composition. With respect
Cricri (115557) 2012-11-25 10:02
Un POV qui montre le contraste de l'ancien et du nouveau, belle inclusion de la lanterne avec les fleurs, belle réalisation
COSTANTINO (62727) 2012-11-25 13:23
excellent chosen point of view showing
the old and new architectural details
perfect pov with interesting moments
the new and old together very wellcomposed
good background and depth
have a nice new week
jmdias (61390) 2013-01-03 0:53
a beautiful detail of the urban landscape in lourdes. I liked the architecture and different elements.
- Copyright: Barbara Stec (Sonata11) (33737)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-08-01
- Categories: Nature, Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T2i, Tamron 18-270 F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD
- Exposure: f/5.0, 1/50 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-11-22 9:02