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Re: Old stones in France
« Reply #20 on: April 22, 2017, 03:32:39 AM »

Thank you !

This is the flat apse of the Romanesque church of the Fontenay abbey in Burgundy. Stonework is early 12th century; stained glass windows are modern (well, 19th century, that is):
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« Reply #21 on: April 22, 2017, 09:34:26 AM »

Very nice.
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Re: Old stones in France
« Reply #22 on: April 23, 2017, 10:57:46 AM »

Good shooting, Dominique. This is wabi sabi at its best.

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« Reply #23 on: April 25, 2017, 05:01:59 AM »

I love the Fontenay abbey shot. Great that you could get details of the surrounding areas, beyond the stained glass.
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Re: Old stones in France
« Reply #24 on: May 02, 2017, 12:09:38 PM »

Thank you very much for your comments. I learned what "wabi sabi" is...  ;)

Below is a 10th century Celtic cross I found quite far from Brittany, on the high plains of Aubrac in central France. This area was once colonized by Celts, so no real surprise here...
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Re: Old stones in France
« Reply #25 on: May 07, 2017, 11:24:28 AM »

The evocative ruins of the Domeyrat castle, in Auvergne (central France):
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Re: Old stones in France
« Reply #26 on: May 13, 2017, 03:34:45 AM »

Ruins of the Pagax castle in the Limousin region (central France):
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Re: Old stones in France
« Reply #27 on: May 14, 2017, 05:13:18 AM »

I like your "Aubrac" shot a lot. The sky with the dynamic clouds is well suited to the (static, solid) cross.
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Re: Old stones in France
« Reply #28 on: May 20, 2017, 05:16:35 AM »

Thank you, François.

Below is the keep of the Largoët fortress in Brittany. Only the outside wall remains, the insides have been completely gutted out, but one can still climb the very narrow and claustrophobia-inducing staircase that was built within the thickness of the wall.
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« Reply #29 on: May 26, 2017, 05:22:29 AM »

The parish church in the mountain village of Saint-Floret in Auvergne, central France. This building saw Year 1000. The top part of the bell tower is not as old (12th century). The most interesting part is the covered and half-walled side entrance, which is quite unique and was designed to protect parishioners from the assaults of inclement weather. The North side of the church is completely windowless, for the same reason.
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Re: Old stones in France
« Reply #30 on: June 02, 2017, 03:56:01 PM »

Have you tried converting this photo to B&W?
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« Reply #31 on: June 03, 2017, 03:24:23 AM »

No I haven't. I do not do a lot of black-and-white, as a general rule.

Below are the romantic ruins of the castle of Coppel in Auvergne (central France), during winter time:
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Re: Old stones in France
« Reply #32 on: June 11, 2017, 01:03:27 PM »

The so-called “Devil’s Castle” near the village of Cabrerets in south-western France. There are quite a few “Devil’s Castles” throughout France, so named for various reasons. This one apparently owed its name to the particularly devilish nature of a group of bandits and highwaymen (some say they were from England) that used it a base for a few years.

Hugging the cliff the way it does, it is virtually impregnable, but the space within is scarce, there is no fresh water except when it rains, and other amenities are minimal, not to say non-existent.

It is still nowadays a great sight to behold.
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« Reply #33 on: June 16, 2017, 04:17:51 AM »

Remains of lordly dwelling in the Mediæval fortress of Angles-sur-l’Anglin, central France:
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« Reply #34 on: June 24, 2017, 04:21:36 AM »

Montbrun Castle, the entrance:
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« Reply #35 on: July 01, 2017, 08:39:06 AM »

Remnants of one of the most bizarrely located Medieval castles, near the village of Peyrusse in southern France:
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Re: Old stones in France
« Reply #36 on: July 01, 2017, 09:22:47 AM »

Fascinating.
Is that a ladder up the side of the rock? It can't have been easy bringing the groceries home.
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« Reply #37 on: July 01, 2017, 10:17:25 AM »

Fascinating.
Is that a ladder up the side of the rock? It can't have been easy bringing the groceries home.

Thank you. Yes it is, you still can climb it (although unadvisable when carrying a heavy camera) to access the towers.

They had people bringing in the groceries, and it didn't matter how hard it was.  ::)
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« Reply #38 on: July 03, 2017, 09:41:43 AM »

…They had people bringing in the groceries, and it didn't matter how hard it was.  ::)

Better start a new diet…  ;D
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Re: Old stones in France
« Reply #39 on: July 08, 2017, 03:20:43 AM »

Anjony is one of the best-preserved Mediæval castles in Auvergne (central France):
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