A view of the war memorial and the church of Saint Etienne at Baignes.
The church is all that remains of the Abbey of Saint Etienne, which was founded in the 11th century. Founded as a Benedictine establishment, it is first mentioned in historical records in a charter dated 14 February 1083. At first thriving, thanks to donations from the lords and Barbezieux Montausier, it suffered from the British invasions during the One Hundred Years War. It suffered further during the Wars of Religion in the 16th century after which it had only non-resident abbots. The Revolution in 1789 saw the dismantling of all the abbey buildings except the church, which became the parish church for Baignes.
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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mikolaj_kawa (0) 2008-11-14 0:47
Hello Stephen! Wonderful tree, interesting monument, original church. Good point of view and very good composition. Nice capture. Original picture. Good luck!
toto (0) 2008-11-14 0:50
belle photo de cette statue dece soldat avec en arrière plan cette eglise.
Jolies couleurs d' automne, chaudes, attirantes.
Belle prise et bon partage.
Royaldevon (38776) 2008-11-14 0:59
Interesting notes, as usual.
For me, you have really captured the spirit of autumn. It isn't just pretty trees, it is the beginning of bare trees, wonderful carpets, long shadows and soft, watery skies.
Very well composed with the focal point off-centre and the tree and building balancing the shot well.
Nicou (141990) 2008-11-14 1:36
Quel beau tapis fait ces feuille un peu de couleur rougâtre au sole, merveilleux, avec l'arbre, la stuatue et cette belle églis, tu allie de nombreux élément très agréable dans ta compo.
bravo et amitié
jlbrthnn (76037) 2008-11-14 2:42
Le tour de Baignes est complet, selon ton habitude, les visites sont toujours exhaustives. Une belle image de l'église et de ce mémorial. La note est intéressante. Un bon travail.
Bonne journée et bon week-end
jhm (152842) 2008-11-14 4:22
I think the same, autumn period is one of the most beautiful moments during the year for photographer
You make a nice combination between the dark part of the church and the cloudy sky
I find this a wonderful area.
Very well of colour and pleasant for look it. TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
saxo042 (37880) 2008-11-14 6:28
I´m impressed by the position you have chosen to take this photo. The roof line on the tower follows exactly the main roof line and the statue in exactly under the tower. Those small details are always showing the master :) And of course the interesting note!
Fis2 (97515) 2008-11-14 8:03
Curious place, interesting church. I like the frame and colors. The monument add savor of photo. Well done.
dareco (17134) 2008-11-14 10:48
This is beautiful! I really like the pov you've chosen with this colorful tree in the fg. Both the statue and the church are interesting. Nice composition. TFS
Charo (51212) 2008-11-14 14:08
Très jolie composition qui acquièrent dans le même rôle de l'église et les arbres avec leurs couleurs de l'automne. Jolies couleurs et de détails.
Bon fin de semaine.
gunbud (34066) 2008-11-14 18:19
The old war memorial and church stand out nicely against the vivid autumn colors.
Excellent sharpness and details with a fine historical note.
wolf38 (31296) 2008-11-18 5:12
Hello Stephen. The photo pleases me very well. Together with the text one gets an historical lesson. Outstanding. Best regards, Wolfgang.
COSTANTINO (65178) 2008-11-19 7:16
Nice point of view,a very good composition
Nice capture of the scene..
Wonderful tree and a nice spirit of autumn..
An amazing scene with long shadows and soft
thanks for sharing
Pitoncle (3745) 2008-11-23 9:09
Très belle restitution de l'ambiance automnale aux superbes couleurs dans une agréable composition.
A bientôt sur TE pour de nouvelles aventures.