Mornant is a town and commune with population of around 5000 inhabitants, situated in the Rhône département 24 kilometres south west of the city of Lyon. It has an area of 1576 hectares. Located at the foot of the eastern edge of the Massif Central in the the Monts du Lyonnais, Mornant developed on a plateau with an average altitude of 370 metres, overlooking the Rhone Valley.
Remains found locally suggest that the area was inhabited during the Gallic period. The Romans during the period of Hadrian in the early part of the second century AD constructed major water works in the area to carry water into the town of Lyon, then known as Lugdunum. The Gier aqueduct crosses the commune from north to south over a distance of 6.4 kilometres, although it is mainly underground.
After the Barbarian invasions, the area was settled by the Burgundians. An abbey was constructed at Montclare, but was later destroyed about 855 during wars involving the successors of Charlemagne. It is believed that stones from the ruined abbey were used to build a wall around the town that had developed nearby. The wall was lined with ditches whose memory has been maintained in the names of several streets - Rue des Petits-Soils and Rue des Fosses.
During the middle of the nineteenth century the town experienced a highpoint in its fortunes. The local hat making industry employed approximately half the population, then 2500. Work included silk weaving and embroidery. Agriculture was also thriving with some 400 hectares being devoted to the cultivation of grape vines. The current Town Hall was constructed at this time just on the outer edge of the old town.
In 1880, the vineyards were lost to the phylloxera virus; at the same time the local hat making industry succumbed to the onslaught of modern industrial processes. The Great War also had a major impact on the town's population, which by 1920 had fallen sharply to 1614. Fortunately, matters have improved somewhat since the Second World War and Mornant is now a lively thriving town.
The above was extracted and freely translated from an article on the French Wikipedea web site.
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dkmurphys (52707) 2010-10-22 1:17
Very beautiful architecture, simple but catching. The specific French style. Nice atmosphere given by those flowers. Well seen scene.
Have a great weekend.
mauro61 (52671) 2010-10-22 1:24
bella immagine del municipio in una inquadratura stretta che mette in risalto l'architettura.
Buona la luce .
siudzi (34141) 2010-10-22 1:34
Great work of this small Town Hall of Mornant. Like your perspective, amazing sharpness and colour contrast. Well seen and executed. TFS.
Hava a nice day! M
Budapestman (82620) 2010-10-22 1:41
a very attractive photo with beautiful colours and lights, superb atmosphere, Tfs! Have a nice weekend! Kellemes hétvégét kívánok!
lousat (82572) 2010-10-22 1:52
Salut Steph,une geometrie vraiment parfaite,la parfaite lumiere et une gestion de la meme au top,excellents details et contrast parmi la mairie et le ciel si bleu! Mes compliments et bonne journee',Luciano
jlbrthnn (76037) 2010-10-22 3:55
Encore une façade de mairie bien mise en image, dans ta galerie. Tu as du pain sur la planche, il y en a 36000 en France. Le cadrage est impeccable, comme le sont la lumière, les couleurs et la netteté. Bravo.
Royaldevon (33385) 2010-10-22 5:38
The symmetrical composition suits this perfectly, emphasising the style and architecture of the building.
You have achieved excellent clarity, revealing the details to good effect.
I like the inclusion of the f/g flowers, adding depth and softness, to the strong lines of the building.
Have a good w/e,
baddori (20011) 2010-10-22 6:58
Buon giorno Stefano
Una piccola considerazione ...una galleria di foto varia ma con un fil rouge ...ordinata precisa ...da ogni foto ..uno spunto per una stampa.
La foto ...quella che ognuno si aspetta da un paese della Francia "vecchio regime" dove ambientare un film di François Truffaut, o di un noire di J.L. Bresson .
Non so se la mia intromissione sia stata "educata" ma sicuramente obiettiva della mia impressione .
TopGeo (38208) 2010-10-22 8:14
Very beautiful architecture of this is a fine shot of this Town Hall "old style ". The angle of your shot works well adding depth to the scene. The lighting and colors are great and the photo has fine sharpness . The sky in the background provide a nice backdrop for the scene.
Charo (51210) 2010-10-22 11:34
Très belle architecture classique de ce petit hôtel de ville.
Excellente symétrie et de la lumière et des détails.
npecanhuk (70034) 2010-10-22 11:42
Beautiful town hall!
Its façade is truly attractive with lovely architectural details and all those flowers!
Your picture is very nice, with very good sharpness, exposure, pov, colors, pp, contrasts, vertical format and symmetrical composition!
TFS - congrats,
rodgerg (55767) 2010-10-22 12:05
un POV bien choisi qui met bien en valeur l'agréable symétrie de l'architecture de cet hôtel de ville. Le feluts apportent une très agréable touche de couleurs vives qui ressort très bien sur les tons plus tendres de l'ensemble.
Fis2 (90015) 2010-10-22 12:40
Very curious fasade,
Good frame and light.
PixelTerror (0) 2010-10-23 3:16
A well exposed and decriptive image of this pillar of the republic. Hope you have documented Mornant on the green site as well, you have so many places where there still is no article !
Have a nice day JY
Silvio1953 (130358) 2010-10-23 4:08
Ciao Stephen, lovely composition with beautiful building, wonderful light and splendid natural colors, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
Ricx (13495) 2010-10-26 22:33
Morning Stephen, what a great image of this symetrical image.. great flowers to brighten it up- what I find fascinating is your note and the history of the town. The Romans were amazing people- why do I get the impression that the world regressed for a while after the Roman Empire collapsed -(maybe I am wrong) Hopefully the problems of slowness and dead slow are now over on this site- maybe over capacity? any way keep on posting Rich
wolf38 (31284) 2010-10-26 23:33
Hi Stephen. The old town hall is a magnificent building. The composition like it very much. The flowers and the flags indicate the importance of the building. Impressive. Regards, Wolfgang.
mikolaj_kawa (0) 2010-10-31 0:35
Hello Stephen! Interesting town hal, amazing building, very fine clock, nice sky, good brightness, good colours. Well done!
- Copyright: Stephen Nunney (snunney) (89960)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-09-00
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: CANON EOS 10 D, Canon 28-80 3,5-4,8 USM IV
- Exposure: f/8, 1/350 seconds
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- Date Submitted: 2010-10-22 0:32