Saint-Romain-de-Benet is a commune in south-western France located in the department of Charente-Maritime, region of Poitou-Charentes. Its inhabitants (1639 in 2011) are called the Saint-Rominois and Saint- Rominoises.
The site of the town seems to have been inhabited since the Neolithic period, attested by excavations in the nineteenth century, as well as aerial photographs. The Roman road linking the cities of Mediolanum Santonum (Saintes) and the Novioregum ( Barzan ) passed close to the nearby Pirelonge tower, and it is arguable that a village, or at least a villa, already existed during the Roman period. A military camp called " Caesar ", located near the present village, has left some remains also.
From medieval times there remains a motte , including the foundations of an ancient dungeon. The village seems to have withstood the ages well since its its initial development with no major event to hinder its development, apart from a fire in the church in the Middle Ages and some excesses due to wars and the Revolution.
The nineteenth century was a time of relative economic prosperity, with mills and three tanneries located in the village, allowing the communal infrastructure to develop. A rather magnificent town hall was built in 1901, and the war memorial in 1922.
General Leclerc spend a few hours in the village at the time of the liberation of Royan from the German Army in 1945, the Germans having resisted in the so-called Royan pocket until well after D-Day.
The village located equidistant from the towns of Saintes and Royan has become even more peaceful in recent years following the construction of a new bypass. At the time I visited on a Sunday afternoon, only two girls playing on skateboards were to be seen.
(Extracted and freely translated from an article on French Wikipedea)
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jurek1951 (40949) 2014-03-13 1:20
a beautiful photo of this famous place with spectacular composition and vibrant colours, great atmosphere,
besnard (52073) 2014-03-13 1:59
Une image de ce bourg tranquille. La luminosité est bonne et la netteté est au rendez-vous.
Amitiés et bonne journée.
subhendu_bagchi (25258) 2014-03-13 3:04
nice architecture photography using a nice wide angle frame. Great colour and light. I like the used DOF. A very nice one indeed. Tfs.
mirosu (12576) 2014-03-13 3:31
Excellent view of nice white town houses in very good light. I like the nice white-red-blue color combination. The framing in long horizontal format is very good.
Very well done.
Royaldevon (26629) 2014-03-13 3:39
You have certainly caught the mood of peace and tranquillity; such a beautiful day and not a person to be seen! I know, when we have visited my brother-in-law, in Brittany, we have a saying - 'Rush Hour, again!' as we can travel through beautiful places and there is not one person to be seen!
You have good lead lines into the village.
There is something so elegant about these white houses with red tiled roofs. They appear to have sash windows, even more to my liking!
Have a great day,
jhm (135294) 2014-03-13 4:42
You create a wonderful depth and perspective picture
Excellent archtecture picture too.
Wonderful composition, excellent presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
Sergiom (54693) 2014-03-13 5:14
Le regard suit naturellement le petit muret blanc dans l'image jusqu'à la petite place au centre du village, ce qui donne beaucoup de profondeur à la composition. La luminosité est superbe.
timecapturer (45309) 2014-03-13 6:40
nice shot of this "ghost town" :-). It looks so well kept and this POV gives us a great idea of its wonderfully Gallic charm. Perfectly executed and presented.
Subhogen (4065) 2014-03-13 9:30
Good choice of panoramic format to present the complex of houses. Excellent depth and perspective created by the road and the white boundary wall. Nice one with natural colours and good clarity.
Thanks for sharing.
Nicou (116564) 2014-03-13 10:01
Fantastique rue et perspective et ces maisons blanches avec les toits ocres quelle vue ces platanes avec leur branche sueprbe compo et iamge.
bravo et belle soirée
Fis2 (82028) 2014-03-13 10:11
Curious fragment of city.
I like buildings.
Good frame and colors.
Noel_Byrne (20902) 2014-03-13 12:14
Lovely view of this historic town, the shape of the frame compliments the width of the street and the depth you captured. As always, I love the red roof on blue sky, and those trees on the right are bizarre looking! Very calm and peaceful looking place.
All the best
rogerl (1544) 2014-03-13 14:50
Stephen, this is a very well-balanced shot of what looks like a lovely town, with the diagonals of the building on the left and the trees on the right pointing down the road to the center of the shot. Wonderfully sharp with lovely oranges on the roofs. Thanks.
Apurba20 (984) 2014-03-14 0:14
The light is good and the houses look magnificent. What are those on the right...trees? They do add to the mystery.
Silvio1953 (116071) 2014-03-14 12:02
Ciao Stephen, great perspective on lovely place, superb sky, wonderful colors, splendid light and excellent clarity, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
ChrisJ (94802) 2014-03-15 1:40
I like the wide angled panoramic crop as well as the superb warm cold color contrast between the red tile roofs and the blue sky. Good sharpness and nice lead in lines and diminishing linear perspective. Have a nice weekend!
- Copyright: Stephen Nunney (snunney) (79767)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-02-00
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 1100D, Canon 18-55mm EF-S f/3.5-5.6 IS
- Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-03-13 0:52