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 (42196) 2014-03-14 0:54
a splendid photo of this beautiful Town Hall, the composition is very nice, great colours and lights. Elegant an beautiful photo,
Royaldevon (34655) 2014-03-14 2:27
Interesting, historical notes accompanying your photograph.
Until I visited France for longer sessions and lived in the village, I didn't realise how important the Marie and the resident Mayor were. They have far greater power and influence than British Mayors!
This is a beautiful building. It possesses all the characteristics and grandeur associated with a place of importance. It is absolutely symmetrical and utterly pristine. You have given us excellent, sharp details, to appreciate it.
Have a great day,
SnapRJW (31629) 2014-03-14 2:46
A simple composition which highlights the symmetry and neatness of the mayor's offices. Interesting to note that the office of mayor is one that is obviously held in high regards.
Nicely managed, I like the delicate handing of the colours.
sandpiper (6788) 2014-03-14 3:33
sounds like a very quiet place indeed. A beautiful old town hall with nice architecture. Very pleasant to the eye. Good composition
timecapturer (49288) 2014-03-14 3:49
this little town certainly has some beautiful buildings. I am always impressed with French Mairie offices, they have so much more character and charm that any of their equivalents here in the UK. Lots of wonderful detail and character and all captured perfectly.
Enjoy your weekend - B.
subhendu_bagchi (25991) 2014-03-14 4:15
nice architecture shot here. I like the postcard type presentation. Good colours and fine depth. A nice one indeed. Tfs.
jhm (146558) 2014-03-14 4:37
I know a lot village in France through pictures oo TE, but these village is my unknown.
But with a wonderful town house as cityhall.
Nice architecture picture with the decorative facade.
Colours and environment are splendid.
Very well composition, lovely presentation.
Nice photo work, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
Sergiom (70492) 2014-03-14 5:52
Un cadrage classique mais efficace. L'hôtel de ville dans ce qu'elle a de carré et d'efficace sous une lumière qui fait bien ressortir les détails. Il lui faudrait bien quelques fleurs.
Nicou (133302) 2014-03-14 5:59
quelle belle marie sueprbe ce bâtiment cossu carré avec les drapeaux flottant au vent cette pierre blanche avec le quadrillage des fenêtre sueprbe vue.
williewhistler (15785) 2014-03-14 8:22
the fluttering flags are a nice final touch to the very attractive façade of the Town Hall,you have handled the exposure very well so that the colours are warm and natural and the clarity first rate.
ikeharel (65121) 2014-03-14 8:39
Good evening Stephen,
It says "Mairie" so no mistake made...
Fine sharp outlines of the facade, well under daylight shining on the walls.
Beautiful roof-top red tiles with the clock mounted on.
Pleasent to look at.
Noel_Byrne (28158) 2014-03-14 11:21
Picture perfect! You captured this fine building with perfect light, composition and framing and even the flags have a brilliant flutter to them! Very nicely done. I know this is a town hall, but it would make a fine house to somebody who won the lottery!
All the best
cornejo (37631) 2014-03-14 13:39
Hi Stephen, I like this nice picture of simple but interesting building, beautifully captured in this interesting image with good sharpness, light and color. Good and interesting job perfectly done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good night and happy weekend.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
Cricri (113549) 2014-03-15 12:52
Belle lumière sur Hôtel de Ville au toit orange et la petite tout horloge, une très belle présentation et note intéressante
Silvio1953 (133654) 2014-03-15 13:57
Ciao Stephen, great view of beautiful building, wonderful pastel colors, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
macjake (63128) 2014-03-16 11:21
I remember seeing this one a few days ago, so i wanted to get back to it now.
the front-on view is surprisingly working so well, the light is warm, the exposure is perfect - wouldn't want to change anything about this one.
love the tiny clock at the top too!
Didi (59634) 2014-03-16 11:44
Good point of view on the town hall
Good sharp picture
Just one suggestion It's possible to underexpose a little bit between -1/3 and -2/3 EV
pierrefonds (61848) 2014-03-16 17:51
Le cadrage serré met l'immeuble en évidence. La prise de vue permet de distinguer les détails et les couleurs de l'architecture de l'hôtel de ville. La lumière a un bel effet sur les couleurs de l'image. Bonne soirée.
Kielia (24077) 2014-03-19 9:34
wonderful architecture with excellent light and natural warm tones. I really love the look and feel of this shot. My compliments!
- Copyright: Stephen Nunney (snunney) (92440)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-02-00
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 1100D, Canon 18-55mm EF-S f/3.5-5.6 IS
- Exposure: f/8, 1/400 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-03-14 0:48