Le Crozet is a French commune situated in the département of the Loire; region Rhône-Alpes. The nearest large town is Roanne, which lies 24 kilometres to the south-east.
It has a population of 282 (2007) and a surface area of 13.31 square kilometres giving a population density of 21 inhabitants per square kilometre.
The web site of the mairie (http://www.le-crozet.com/accueil.php) has this to say about the history of the village. Any errors resulting from translation from the original French text are down to me:
In the north of the Loire department, in sight of the Roannaise plain and the mountains of La Madeleine, the medieval village of Le Crozet stands proudly on a promontory. In addition to its beautiful commanding situation, it is a village that will charm you with its unique architecture, witness of a glorious past.
During the turbulent times of history, Le Crozet was a solid shelter against attacks. In the 10th century, it belonged to the Vicomte de Mâcon Artaud le Blanc. In the 12th century, it became the property of Compte du Forez, Guy IV; the latter encircled the town with walls. From that time the town of Le Crozet began to gain in importance.
Subsequently, during the 16th century, it passes several times into the hands of the Duke of Bourbon before finally becoming a property of the Crown under François 1st. Thus, in the heart of the ancient ramparts there grew a network of shops and services. Then, the town of La Pacaudière began to develop gradually along the royal highway (now the N7). Situated too far from the road, the medieval town of Le Crozet began its slow decline.
Today, this prestigious past remains in the form of many elegant buildings that you can discover for yourself.
The mairie web site also has some interesting articles in French with photographs on some of the different buildings to be found walking through the village.
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lousat (93776) 2010-12-12 1:12
Bonjour Steph,une nouvelle composition tres riche et bien capturee',parfaite lumiere pour les meilleures couleurs et contrastes avec le ciel si bleu,super les details des pierres du murs.Mes compliments et bonne Dimanche,Luciano
Nicou (145294) 2010-12-12 1:14
sueprbe captage, quel détial et l'arbre chache l'autre clocher, on voit la statue ressortire au sommet, le vieux mur en premier plan, ce rendu sur le pierres, fantastique.
Bravo et amitié
dkmurphys (60871) 2010-12-12 2:11
A fine angle for showing the beautiful upper part of the commune. Very picturesque stone walls, great place.
Have a beautiful Sunday.
besnard (56645) 2010-12-12 2:30
Une bonne prise de cette église intérssante avec son clocher très particulier. Les vitraux ont l'air d'avoir disparu au cours des années. Une image nette et de bonne qualité.
Merci pour le partage et bon dimanche.
jhm (155410) 2010-12-12 3:52
You took these church out of a low position, this gives a good vertical perspective.
Splendid city scape, lovely old fronts really a very nice sight,
Excellent captured and composed, very well done, TFS.
Have a nice sunday,
rodgerg (55767) 2010-12-12 5:01
Une belle composition avec un bel équilibre: l'église est bien décnetrée sur la droite et le bouquet de végétation équilibre l'image. j'aime aussi la statue qui pointe au sommet sur la gauche.
Amitiés et bon dimanche,
Sergiom (83003) 2010-12-12 6:51
Cette légère contre plongée donne une certaine ampleur au bâtiment et une certaine magesté. On sent aussi la texture des murs de pierres et le ciel est parfait.
Fis2 (100872) 2010-12-12 10:37
Beautiful old architecture.
Good frame and composition.
I like colour and light.
Budapestman (82620) 2010-12-12 13:36
a beautiful architectural photo once more, the POV is very attractive, superb details and lights, Tfs! Have a nice week! Kellemes hetet kívánok!
williewhistler (16398) 2010-12-12 14:40
Hell Stephen,I enjoy the quirky way that the figure on the top left seems to be directing our gaze onto the nicely exposed building.Pleasant warm colours.Les
wolf38 (31296) 2010-12-12 23:28
Hi Stephen. A church with a statue on a pillar. Everything fits perfectly together in this masterful composition. Very beautiful light and colors, blue sky. Well done. Informative text. Regards, wolfgang.
saxo042 (37902) 2010-12-13 8:53
A good POV and many interesting details in this picture. I like these three main colours together here, the sandstone, the tree and the blue sky. Intersting note!
Silvio1953 (146855) 2010-12-13 12:18
Ciao Stephen, great POV on wonderful church, natural colors, splendid clarity, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
kordinator (21017) 2010-12-14 0:58
Great places composition.
Nice church,monument and wall,fine texture.
Fantastic light managment.
delpeoples (58866) 2010-12-14 23:58
A great POV combined with excellent depth of field and colour rendering makes for such an attractive photo. The contrast, exposition and sharpness are all spot-on, looks like you're becoming a big fan of the square frame, which again suits this composition.
Hows the back?
Have a good week
npecanhuk (75592) 2010-12-15 1:22
That's another beautiful picture!
Sharpness, exposure, chosen pov, colors, pp, contrasts, horizontal format and, above all, composition are all excellent here!
Architectural and natural details were harmoniously placed together in this image!
TFS - congrats,
csabagaba (6636) 2010-12-15 6:12
Excellent point of view, the lower angle. Good composition, nicely balancing the tree. Good perspective, little distortion. And these are the brown-red color. They really like it.
- Copyright: Stephen Nunney (snunney) (101826)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-09-00
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: CANON EOS 10 D, Canon 28-80 3,5-4,8 USM IV
- Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2010-12-12 1:02