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) 2011-12-23 0:30
a beautiful photo of this architecture the composition is very nice, superb details and the POV is attractive, Tfs!
I wish you and your family happiness and health!
lousat (64243) 2011-12-23 0:41
Hi Steph,excellent point of view and beautiful architechture,an excellent work in a difficult backlight.I wish you all the best for Christmas and thanks! Luciano
Nicou (105903) 2011-12-23 1:21
super captage et compo dans l'angle le cadrage avec le vitre qui brille et cette architecture, superbe compo et image.
bravo et amitié
wolf38 (29116) 2011-12-23 2:01
Hi Stephen. What a beautiful half-timbered architecture. The old house looks wonderful - it is an eye-catching first class. And of course, such a city is also perfect as a film set. A good shot, an informative text. Well done. Rgds, Wolfgang.
... and Merry Christmas.
Royaldevon (21517) 2011-12-23 2:08
Good Morning Stephen,
You have a fine angle on this house which produces a nice thirds composition. It reminds me very much of a house near the cathedral in Lincoln with its lovely, half-timbered structure. You have good textural details.
What do you think about adding a thin border to prevent the white sky bleeding into the surround?
All the very best for a Happy Christmas,
rodgerg (55767) 2011-12-23 2:28
Magnifique cadrage sur cette belle maison à colombages. L'angle de vue bien choisi ouvre deux perspecteives vers d'autres belles maisons. Détails architecturaux très bein captés.
lakshmip1949 (19110) 2011-12-23 2:53
A lovely shot with beautiful architecture. I like the cobble stoned streets. The colors and quality are excellent.
jurek1951 (37040) 2011-12-23 3:07
Very interesting architecture. Original POV and composition.
jlbrthnn (79789) 2011-12-23 4:02
Elle est magnifique cette maison, et la prise en angle la décrit d'une très belle façon. Le ciel est gris, mais les couleurs sont superbement rendues. Très bon cadrage et bonne qualité. Bravo.
Bonne journée. Joyeux Noël!
timecapturer (37152) 2011-12-23 4:13
loving this series from Le Mans, never realised it was so full of wonderful old buildings and character. All captured so wonderfully here. Captivating!
Happy holidays to you and enjoy the season - Brian.
pierrefonds (51040) 2011-12-23 5:43
The tight frame is putting the building in evidence. The point of view is showing with precision the details and colors of the architecture of the Le Pilier aux Clefs. The cloudy sky is giving a good contrast to the colors. Have a nice day.
amaryllis (32065) 2011-12-23 8:32
une belle architecture avec cette maison typique, ces rues pavées et ces grosses pierres
Cette maison a un très beau charme
Fis2 (77022) 2011-12-23 9:45
A very curious building.
Good frame and perspective.
I like delicate colours.
Merry Christmas to you and your family.
gildasjan (39558) 2011-12-23 10:24
Un très bon cadrage de cette architecture dans le format carré.Un bel accord de teintes sur cette architecture à colombages.Il est juste un peu dommage que ce ciel soit si laiteux.Une très riche note accompagne cette image.
Bonne soirée et bonnes fêtes de fin d'année
emka (64182) 2011-12-23 23:51
I love such old houses. It looks very old and well preserved. Nice composition.
I wish you Merry Christmas!!
Silvio1953 (105599) 2011-12-24 6:18
Ciao Stephen, great POV on lovely houses, splendid light and colors, very well done, my friend, Merry Christmas to you and your family, ciao Silvio
Cricri (92249) 2011-12-25 3:24
Excellent POV,une architecture spécial et intéressante, une lumière difficile mais bien rattraper
dkmurphys (42567) 2011-12-26 1:10
What a splendid street corner. I love this architecture and the plenty of old textures.
Well catch, have a nice final week.
jemaflor (74108) 2011-12-28 9:49
Un bon angle pour nous montrer ces façades à colombages, le résultat photo est réussi, netteté intéressante et bon rendu des teintes.
- Copyright: Stephen Nunney (snunney) (72762)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-12-00
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 1100D, Canon 18-55mm EF-S f/3.5-5.6 IS
- Exposure: f/8, 1/40 seconds
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- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2011-12-23 0:26