Corme-Royal is a French commune in the Charente-Maritime département, Poitou-Charente region. With a population of just over 1500, it lies 15 kilometres to the west of the town of Saintes. It was known as "Corme-la-Forêt" during the Revolution.
The church at Corme-Royal is dedicated to Saint Nazaire. Dating from the 12th century and Romanesque in appearance, it was original the abbey church of a Benedictine priory, which depended on the Abbey of Notre-Dame in Saintes. It was partly fortified in the 15th century.
I present today a picture of the main façade of the church with its fantastic and beautiful carvings. This wonderful example of late 12th century Romanesque art is the principal reason that this church is considered by some to be one of the pearls of Saintonge Romanesque architecture.
For those who wish to know more and can understand French, this is a link to a French web site that has a detailed article about the church and the façade in particular.
Due to lack of room in front of the church, this picture is a stitch of two images.
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mikolaj_kawa (0) 2009-04-30 0:51
Hello Stephen! Wonderful facade, amazing door. Excellent light and shadow. Good contrast. Perfect sharpness. Original work. Well done!
dip (23520) 2009-04-30 0:53
beautiful shot with many interesting architectural details,
good point of view and natural colors,well done!
dta (62996) 2009-04-30 1:00
Hello Stephen ,
As you say , this is really a masterpiece . Your framing is excellent . The light was quite hard , but you've managed it very well . We can admire the beautiful details of this façade .
Thanks for the share
Budapestman (82620) 2009-04-30 1:00
Beautiful sunny architectural image with attractive composition. I like the ornate details and the nice framing, splendid work. Have a nice day!
KLB (23723) 2009-04-30 1:01
You present here a superb detail of this impressive and beautiful church.
The difficult light is well managed to get many details of the architecture and bring the texture of the stones out.
Marvelous facade with faboulous ornaments, and a stunning red door which offers a strong contrast.
jurek1951 (40949) 2009-04-30 1:26
Really very nice your architecture photos this one is very sharp and very well composed.The lighting is fantastic.
Romatou (0) 2009-04-30 1:28
Bonjour Stephen ,
I love the different textures, and old monument are a favorite of mine.Good contrast and sharp detail on old church . Thanks for the history on this !
Buin (42260) 2009-04-30 1:59
Good morning, Stephen!
What a splendour! All these details of the adornment simply are breathtaking. You have had a very favourable light, which chiseled all these carvings in a wonderful way. A truly outstanding facade which was worth your effort of stitching. Great!
Greetings from cool and grey Westphalia!
besnard (52053) 2009-04-30 2:13
Elle porte bien son nom cette superbe architecture. Celà vaudrait le coup de nous la faire voir en entier, mais c'est peut-être difficile.
Je te souhaite une bonne journée.
wolf38 (30320) 2009-04-30 2:29
Hello Stephen. The front of the church in the Roman architectural style and the impressing portal become effective well. Also the fine ornamentations are worth seeing. Realizes photographically in the best way. Best regards, Wolfgang.
Didi (55047) 2009-04-30 2:39
Very nice details on this old architecture, good lights balance with shade.
Your wide angle use gave somme curves on booth sides the door, by using the stich.
Without intention to make publicity to my self, please have a look to the second WS of my last post, Autopano is able to solve this little problem.
jlbrthnn (79791) 2009-04-30 3:23
Je ne manquerai pas d'aller voir cette superbe façade lors de mon prochain séjour en Poitou. Tu l'as superbement photographiée, avec précision. Je découvre l'ensemble et les détails. Le titre de perle de l'architecture romane saintongeaise n'est pas usurpé. Excellents image et travail. Félicitations!
saxo042 (36912) 2009-04-30 4:27
This is a very beautiful church! In this capture you have also added to elements I appreciate; that piece of blue sky and the red entrance. Your note is also very readable!
Charo (51210) 2009-04-30 5:11
Très belle la façade de cette église, avec des détails architecturaux remarquables. Superbe travail et une excellente définition.
Nicou (116458) 2009-04-30 5:45
mangigique cette entreé, très beau détail, quel achitecture, avec un cadrage au millimètre, la belle porte rouge, de toute beauté.
bravo et maitié
dareco (17134) 2009-04-30 7:28
Once again I'm impressed by your composition. Really beautiful lighting, colors and detail. TFS
Fis2 (81968) 2009-04-30 12:39
beautiful window and wonderful portal.
I like the light and colors.
npecanhuk (60960) 2009-04-30 13:47
Superb details of the finest example of ancient french architecture! Excellent photo qualities!
TFS - Congratulations!
batalay (34753) 2009-04-30 17:49
Another superb architectural portrait that you've given us. Together with the note, replete with the link to the website for the church, you present all the elements of a rich TE-package. 12th century, that is 36 generations in the past. Fabulous!
ChrisJ (94802) 2009-04-30 18:08
I like the warm cold colour contrast, between the red door, & the quadrant of blue sky, top right. Good lighting & sharpness. Tfs!
gunbud (34066) 2009-04-30 18:48
The beautiful old church is seen in beautiful light that renders soft shadows on its highly textured and well seen walls.
Love the bits of color from the vivid blue sky and red door.
Graal (95363) 2009-04-30 23:49
beautiful old architecture, yes, good title, really pearl. Good informations in note. Well photojob. I like it.
Have a nice weekend.
Silvio1953 (115945) 2009-05-01 14:07
Ciao Stephen, great view of fantastic, architecture, fine details and splendid sharpness, wonderful light and colors, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
ilDottore (5252) 2009-05-02 3:06
Thank you for sharing this example of absolutely amazing Romanesque architecture.
Very detailed photography, excellent light.
Sculptures are just incredible!