A manor house known as the Abbé Michon House, which stands just outside the town of Baignes.
It was designed and built with the help of local craftsman by Abbé Michon himself on the ruins of the Château Montausier, which had been destroyed in the French Revolution. The design was inspired by a journey the Abbé made to the Middle East.
Jean Hyppolyte Michon was born in Correze in 1806. He later moved to Charente with his family and lived there for many years. Studying at the College of Angoulême he became a priest at the age of 24. He was known as an all-round man: writer, journalist and archaeologist. Amongst his many achievements, he is acknowledged as one of the founders of graphology - the analysis of handwriting to reveal the personality of its authors.
The small town of Baignes in Charente forms part of the the commune of Baignes-Sainte-Radegonde. The commune was formed in 1865 from the merger of Baignes with the now much smaller village of Sainte-Radegonde. At the time of the merger the existing commune of Sainte-Radegonde was much bigger than that of Baignes.
The area has a long history dating back until at least Roman times when there was a settlement known as Cathmeriacum. It lay on the Roman road that linked Saintes to Bordeaux.
Quite an extensive article about the geography and history of Baignes-Sainte-Radegonde can be found on the French wikipedea site here:. It is written, of course, in French.
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Gustaw (21670) 2008-11-13 0:59
Hi, my friend!
Next interesting old architecture. I like your old building, very interesting towers. Good colours and light.
mikolaj_kawa (0) 2008-11-13 1:00
Hello Stephen! Very interesting manor house, interesting architecture. Good info. Nice lightness and very nice colours. Superb POV and composition. Good luck!
rodgerg (55767) 2008-11-13 1:13
Excellent présentation de ce somptueux manoir. Le POV oblique le met bien en valeur et le cadrage qui inclut de la végétation à l'avant-plan provoque un bel effet de perspective.
Budapestman (82620) 2008-11-13 1:20
Beautiful shot from this amazing castle. Very much like the ornate details of the building. The environment around the building is beautiful likewise. All of the sight fairy-tale, very much likes. Thank you for sharing! Have a nice day!
John_F_Kennedy (41884) 2008-11-13 1:45
Very beautiful architecture and fantastic POV! I like the intersting towers on the corner. Nice colours and details here. Well done.
besnard (50412) 2008-11-13 1:46
Un bon cliché de ce joli photo élégant et tout en dentelles. Il est très agréable à regarder.
Merci pour le partage et bonne journée.
Silverkey (1435) 2008-11-13 3:00
Une très belle photo, due en particulier à une belle prise de vue et des bons contrastes
Buin (42224) 2008-11-13 3:49
A truly interesting building - uncommon, but somehow beautiful. You show it in a good light from a favourable angle. A really worth to be shown here castle and a worth reading note!
Greetings from autumnal cool and grey Germany!
asajernigan (19669) 2008-11-13 3:53
This is a fine shot of this great old manor house. Your composition is great showing the scene from an angle that creates depth and direction. The trees provide nice framing for the scene. The lighting and colors are great with excellent sharpness and detail.
jlbrthnn (79791) 2008-11-13 3:55
Ce bâtiment original est surprenant en Poitou-Charentes, je le découvre. C'est un bon travail de le faire connaître, à l'aide d'une excellente photo. Bravo.
jonathan_hart (21270) 2008-11-13 3:59
middle east inspiration or even some houses of Venice are looking the same... without the towers ^^
interesting place, i didn't expect such an architecture here
saxo042 (35210) 2008-11-13 4:27
Perhaps not the most tasteful redesign of an old castle, but typical for the 19th century. Howver, your photo shows this building, with all the deatils, in a fine way.
As always an interesting note!
TGULUMSER (13252) 2008-11-13 4:54
Very beautiful architecture and your POV is very good,
Muse (34936) 2008-11-13 5:42
Très belle architecture dans un environnement verdoyant et sous un ciel superbe.
Tout bon cadrage et belle lumière.
Nicou (109778) 2008-11-13 7:33
Quel cha^teau, quel architecture, ces blacon sonbt mangigique et le cadrage latéral est de toute beauté, , très beau cadrage et réalisation.
Bravo et amitié
MarcT (20958) 2008-11-13 7:47
Comme tu es français d'adoption, la langue t'es donc familière ;o))
Je vois que tu nous fais découvrir bon nombre des bijoux architecturaux de la région.
saylan-cb (12738) 2008-11-13 8:01
Very interesting old architecture.Very nice colors and good light.I like it.
wolf38 (29682) 2008-11-13 8:05
Hello Stephen. The photo pleases me very well. It is beautiful and worth seeing. Photographically skillfully realizes. Very interesting architecture. Regards, Wolfgang.
gunbud (34066) 2008-11-13 10:33
I like the angle you took this shot from explsing the side as well as the front of this amazing structure that is seen in incredibly sharp details set against the lovely pastel sky.
jurek1951 (39004) 2008-11-13 10:43
Wonderful house and clear sky from a great POV. Good sharpness and colours, fine presentation of this beautiful architecture.
Fis2 (78834) 2008-11-13 11:35
Wonderful object, beautiful place. I like the frame and delicate colours. Well done.
dareco (17134) 2008-11-13 14:34
A gorgeous place!!! Also a very interesting note. I like the angle you have taken this from and the lighting and colors are excellent. TFS
testmaniac (13508) 2008-11-13 20:58
Hello Stephen,composition,colors and lights are excellent. Great place and perfect sharpness.
TFS and regards,
amaryllis (32605) 2008-11-13 23:39
une architecture remarquable pour ce superbe chateau avec une bonne netteté et luminosité et un cadrage avec les arbustes qui met bien en valeur celui-ci
une bonne note explicite et interessante et j'ignorais, comme quoi sur TE avec les notes, chaque jour on approfondit nos connaissances
bon week end
carper (96) 2008-11-14 3:31
a very beautiful castle here Stephen,
nice pov, a shame from all the green trees for a free composition, a nice looking through, very nice place. have a good weekend.
pablominto (53744) 2008-11-14 5:29
Someones beautiful quarters once upon a time!
I notice the combination of fortification and residence, probably modified along the way as enemies grew fewer and far between...
Good point of view and clever use of vegetation for framing!
guillaumejm (0) 2008-11-14 13:36
A wonderful castle you got here!.
Nice framing. perhaps just missing a little bit of contrast.
Pitoncle (3745) 2008-11-23 8:26
Très agréable publication bien composée et où le sujet est bien mis en valeur sans aberration dans l'élévation ; une belle lumière éclaire la scène et permet de discerner la finesse des détails architecturaux et la délicatesse des couleurs.
A bientôt sur TE pour de nouvelles aventures.