Le Mans is a city in France, located on the Sarthe River. Traditionally the capital of the province of Maine, it is now the capital of the Sarthe department (Pays de la Loire region) and the seat of the Roman Catholic diocese of Le Mans. Its inhabitants are called Manceaux and Mancelles. It has been host to the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans sports car race since 1923.
First mentioned by Ptolemy, the Roman city Vindinium was the capital of the Aulerci, a sub tribe of the Aedui. Le Mans is also known as Civitas Cenomanorum (City of the Cenomani). Their city, seized by the Romans in 47 BC, lies in the ancient Roman province of Gallia Lugdunensis. An amphitheatre built in the third century AD is still visible, but the thermae were demolished during the crisis of the third century to build the city's walls, which remain some of the most complete circuit of Gallo-Roman city walling that survives.
As the principal city of Maine, Le Mans was the stage for struggles in the eleventh century between the counts of Anjou and the dukes of Normandy. When the Normans had control of Maine, William the Conqueror was able to invade England successfully; however in 1069 the citizens revolted and expelled the Normans, which led to Hugh being proclaimed count of Maine. Geoffrey V of Anjou married Mathilde in the cathedral, where Henry II Plantagenet, king of England, was baptised.
The city retains a well-preserved old town dating from the medieval period (known as the Cité Plantagenêt or Vieux Mans), where the cobbled streets and half-timbered house fronts provided the setting for Gérard Depardieu in the 1989 film of Cyrano de Bergerac. Most of the pictures in this series were taken in Vieux Mans in rather dreary weather unfortunately.
The above information was extracted from a fairly lengthy article on Wikipedia that can be accessed by clicking here.
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Budapestman (82620) 2011-12-20 1:32
a beautiful street photo with attractive composition and splendid architectural details, the POV is very nice, beautiful atmosphere, Tfs! Have a nice day! Kellemes napot kívánok!
lakshmip1949 (19081) 2011-12-20 2:34
A nice cobblestone street with beautiful buildings.
I like the different architectures. The diagonal shot works well here with nice colors and sharpness.
jurek1951 (42198) 2011-12-20 3:01
Very interesting architecture. Original POV and composition.Interesting perspective,
rodgerg (55767) 2011-12-20 3:59
Beau cadrage sur ces jolies façades toutes différentes et qui présentent pourtant une belle harmonie d'ensemble. Détails très bien captés et bel effet de perspective.
dale54 (9164) 2011-12-20 4:04
OH SO NICE, HI STEPHAN, THIS IS SO FRANCE LOVE IT!BEAUTIFULL DETAIL IN THE BUILDINGS!SUPER WORK! HAVE A GREAT DAY! DR
Gerrit (52283) 2011-12-20 4:15
wonderfulrow of mostly old houses along this cobbled street.
So quiet for a town with a noisy name.
timecapturer (49288) 2011-12-20 4:58
wonderful shot of this amazing looking street. You have captured the medieval atmosphere so succinctly. Excellent detailing and ornate beauty. Superb!
Regards - Brian.
delpeoples (59896) 2011-12-20 6:05
Jeez you didnt get great weather in Le Mans, but at least it's not bitterly cold, lashing winds and raining. What a quaint little row of buildings, the architecture is stunning and I could spend ages on each and every detail. Nice work, especially in difficult light conditions.
jlbrthnn (76039) 2011-12-20 6:20
Dans d'aussi vieilles et belles rues, il doit y avoir d'excellente charcuteries où acheter les fameuses rillettes. Les facades anciennes sont en harmonie avec la rue pavée. Excellentes netteté et profondeur. Bravo.
macondo (19806) 2011-12-20 6:37
No signs of life in Le Mans on a gloomy Autumn day! Good angled view of the old and varied buildings in the street. I like those stones beside the doorways and I wonder if they're very old and what their purpose might be. Thanks for the map link, always appreciated.
Fis2 (107560) 2011-12-20 7:20
Witaj mon cher ami!
A very curious buildings.
Good frame and perspective.
I like colors.
Nicou (152158) 2011-12-20 8:28
quelle perspective et compo superbe vue des ce facades toutes différents, mangigique captage et compo.
Bravo et amitié
batalay (40523) 2011-12-20 21:18
Like a living museum, some of the old streets display buildings from different centuries. I think I've spotted a mix of 17th century, 18th, and 20th century structures in this lovely scene. Your note about Le Mans is first rate.
Warm regards and best wishes for the holiday season,
dkmurphys (65222) 2011-12-21 1:14
Lovely architecture, an impressive street. A real delight to walk on there.
Enjoy a fine day.
ChrisJ (119045) 2011-12-21 4:53
These old French villages exude loads of character, much more so than featureless modern architecture. Good sharpness, perspective & diffused light. Tfs!
Cricri (126824) 2011-12-21 5:43
Belle prise en diagonale de ces façades a l'architecture très différentes les unes que les autres, très belle présentation
pierrefonds (71761) 2011-12-21 18:16
The diagonal line of the street is an asset to the composition. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the architecture of the buildings. The afternoon light is giving nice tints to the colors. Have a nice day.
- Copyright: Stephen Nunney (snunney) (107513)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-12-00
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 1100D, Canon 18-55mm EF-S f/3.5-5.6 IS
- Exposure: f/8, 1/30 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2011-12-20 0:25