A view of the church of Saint-Romain in the village of Saint-Romain-de-Benet.
The quite unusual aspect of the building is the result of several periods of reconstruction, which were spread out over nearly eight centuries. The first stone was laid in the twelfth century, it was subsequently seriously damaged by a fire which occurred at the end of the Middle Ages.
Rebuilt at minimum cost, the monument is not far from collapsing on the faithful when it is decided in the seventeenth century to rehabilitate it. Ransacked during the Revolution at the end of the eighteenth century, the church remains under construction for a large part of the nineteenth century. The construction of the Romanesque bell tower over the choir took place in 1830. The façade, also imitating the Romanesque style was actually built in 1883.
The cupolas constructed in cement were added in 1901. Left bare, they give the church a vague Eastern allure.
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 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) 2014-03-15 1:10
a superb photo of this spectacular building, the composition is attractive, great details and the POV is superb, too,
timecapturer (49288) 2014-03-15 3:29
a shot where the trees are just as big an attraction as the most unusual church. They look like sentinels guarding the very perimeter of this old sanctuary. Love the originality and uniqueness of this image. Well done!
Have an enjoyable weekend - B.
Subhogen (4067) 2014-03-15 3:35
Nice view of unique looking church which presents a mix of architecture. Very unique looking trees as well with branches looking like boxing gloves. Good photo with nice luminosity and colours. Thanks for sharing.
Fis2 (92169) 2014-03-15 4:28
A very curious church.
I like frame and delicate colors.
Very impressive trees.
Have a nice weekend
SnapRJW (31629) 2014-03-15 5:21
The strange church has had a chequered history Stephen but it has a certain charm with its disparate parts giving it a uniqueness.
I like the composition which includes the pollarded trees, they look as odd as the church with their winter look!
Have good weekend
Sergiom (70616) 2014-03-15 6:38
J'aime bien la forme de ces arbres lorsqu'ils ont perdu leurs feuilles. On dirait des hommes les mains dans les airs ,ou encore qu'ils veulent t’empêcher de bien voir le bâtiment derrière.
Noel_Byrne (28162) 2014-03-15 8:34
A fine building with a long and continuous history, and I like that the foreground is filled with these almost alien like trees. Any idea what type they are, as I have never seen these before. Lovely composition, with the light as always striking the building perfectly for your scene.
Thanks for the interesting note too.
saxo042 (37730) 2014-03-15 9:58
A very interesting architecture and a very descriptive note. Also interesting to compare this picture with the one Google has provided with their street view, the trees here were all green when Google was here;)
Kielia (24077) 2014-03-15 10:03
a very fascinating church architecture, Stephen, accompanied by interesting notes. Attractive in its simplicity. Very well managed light too, the perspective is excellent. Thanks for sharing!
Graal (101108) 2014-03-15 10:43
interesting presentation this church. Amazing trees on FG. Good note. Well done photo.
Have a nice evening.
Sonata11 (33717) 2014-03-15 12:32
Hi Stephen, wonderful composition of interesting architecture and amazingly beautiful and strange looking trees. Overall beautiful work and Tfs.
All the best and have a great WE,
ourania (38952) 2014-03-15 15:06
I like very much this original point of view on the weird and fascinating building. It's great you realized the graphical potential of the trees and gave them such an important role in the frame. You considered the positioning of all the elements very well and there's great balance. I like very much how the branches open and stretch towards the sky, pulling the scene upwards. The light and the colours are very agreeable. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely Sunday,
carlo62 (41265) 2014-03-15 15:25
un'architettura molto originale, semplice e imponente.
Molto particolare la balaustra in alto sopra la porta.
pierrefonds (61904) 2014-03-15 17:59
Les arbres cadrent bien l'église. La prise de vue permet de voir une double perspective de l'architecture de l'église Saint-Romain. Une bonne gestion de la lumière intense qui ne nuit pas au rendu des couleurs. Bonne soirée.
mirosu (15870) 2014-03-15 20:39
Excellent view up to nice church. I like the composition with the tree and street light in foreground. Excellent light.
Very well done
Wish you a nice Sunday.
Nicou (133434) 2014-03-16 0:14
quelle compo et vue sueprbe avec ces platanes aux très bleles formes ce lampadaire tout à gauche et quelle forme cette église sueprbe vue et compo merveilleux.
Bravo et amitié
ChrisJ (107149) 2014-03-16 9:17
The heavily pruned trees add good repeptition and remind me of Joshua trees in California or Arizona. Good sharpness and excellent colour, framing and saturation. I like the upward angled pov on the old Roman Church. Tfs!
Cricri (113605) 2014-03-16 13:24
Bon cadrage des arbres devant l'église, une architecture particulière bien présenter,
Gigidusud (18723) 2014-03-17 2:28
Great POV on the place with nice architecture and this row of trees on FG that draws attention. Well done!
- Copyright: Stephen Nunney (snunney) (92542)
- 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, 1/250 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-03-15 0:55