Village wall in Carcassonne France

The Barefoot Books Ambassador Conference 2013: Day Trip To Carcassonne

Discovered on Flickr (MarketingBarefoot ) for this terrifying evil building. Original date: 2013-05-15 15:50:18

Tagged: , Barefoot , Books , Ambassador , Day , Trip , Carcassonne , France , Castle , Tour , Mid , Evil , Town , French , Countryside

2008-10-10 Melle, église St Pierre, Deux-Sévres, Poitou-Charentes

St. Peter’s Church in Melle.
The church Saint-Pierre was built in ocher limestone in the early XII century on the site of a chapel built in 950 of the abbey of Saint-Maixent. This first church was surrounded by a Carolingian cemetery.
The church was restored between 1965 and 1966 and found new windows and a new roof.
It is classified as a historical monument since 1862
The plan of the church is very simple: a large ship leads to a transept arm cuisine open two chapels. Recent support from each of the central apse apse. The transept is surmounted by a square tower, pierced with four small bays and covered with a pyramidal roof dates from 1466.
The outside
The western facade is very simple, but it has an apse chapels and ornate, including windows archivolts which are covered with an abundance of geometric patterns.
The southern flank provides a lateral portal whose arches house the animals of the Apocalypse and the signs of the zodiac. It is surmounted by a niche with a maimed statue of Christ surrounded by the Holy Virgin and St. John.
Between the gate and the niche is a cornice supported by corbels depicting centaurs, the paschal lamb, the symbols of the evangelists …
The sanctuary is also highly decorated. Each window is decorated with original designs: stars, bats, diamond, palmettes, cylinders and under the cornice, human masks, animal heads. One of the capitals of the windows are decorated with two peacocks do cartwheels.
The ship is divided into three naves with vaulted rock broken (quite rare) and divided into five bays by eight pillars. These consist of four columns flanked by four columns, two of the most beautiful capitals are the Entombment of Christ and the spine Shooter (Shooter The theme of the spine was popular among pilgrims, walkers so exposed to this adversity and that their pilgrimage to eradicate evil from the body). Other capitals are several reasons: a bearded mask, an angel, two birds facing two chimeras, a griffin.
The cross is surmounted by an octagonal dome in the wrong.
In the pavement of the church ship there are several gravestones XVIII century.

As seen on Flickr (ellapronkraft. ) for this weird evil building. Original date: 2011-08-30 13:02:31

Tagged: , ‘Melle’ , église Saint-Pierre , ‘Deux-Sèvres’ , ‘France’ , ‘art-romanesque’ , ‘art-roman’ , ‘middle-ages’ , ‘moyen-Age’

Noyers-sur-Cher (Loir-et-Cher)

Chapelle Saint-Lazare (12e siècle).

Comme beaucoup de chapelles dédiées à Saint Lazare, cet édifice faisait partie d’une léproserie au XIIème siècle.
La présence d’une léproserie, ou maladrerie, à cet endroit, sur une voie de navigation terrestre et fluviale est logique.
Le bacille de la lèpre, ou bacille de Hansen, a fait des ravages partout où les échanges ont mis en contact des malades itinérants et les populations locales.
L’isolement des individus reconnus porteurs du mal était une nécessité.

Chapelle Saint-Lazare (12th century).

Like many chapel dedicated to Saint Lazare, this building was part of a leper hospital in the twelfth century.
The presence of a leprosarium, or lazar at this point on a waterway land and river is logical.
The bacillus of leprosy, or Hansen’s bacillus, has wreaked havoc wherever trade has made ​​contact with sick homeless and local populations.
The isolation of individuals known bearers of evil was a necessity.

This amazing evil building was spotted on Flickr by user sybarite48 . Original date: 2012-08-30 17:48:01

Tagged: , Noyers-sur-Cher , Loir-et-Cher , France , chapelle , chapel , Kapelle , كنيسة صغيرة , 教堂 , capilla , παρεκκλήσι , cappella , チャペル , kapel , kaplica , capela , часовня , şapel , Chapelle-Saint-Lazare

2013: Aix-en-Provence #71

Aix Cathedral (Cathédrale Saint-Sauveur d’Aix) in Aix-en-Provence in southern France is a Roman Catholic cathedral and the seat of the Archbishop of Aix.

It is built on the site of the 1st century Roman forum of Aix. Built and re-built from the 12th until the 19th century, it includes Romanesque, Gothic and Neo-Gothic elements, as well as Roman columns and parts of the baptistery from a 6th-century Christian church. It is a national monument of France.

According to the Christian tradition, the first church on the site was founded by Saint Maximinus of Aix, who arrived in Provence from Palestine with Mary Magdalene on a boat belonging to Lazarus. Maximin built a modest chapel on the site of the present cathedral and dedicated it to the Holy Saviour (le Saint Sauveur).

During the invasion of the Saracens in the 8th and 9th centuries, the original chapel of Saint-Sauveur was destroyed.

The building of the new church was interrupted by the Black Death and then the Hundred Years’ War. Work did not resume for 130 years, until 1472, when the last bay was built. The façade took another thirty years, and the last statues were not put in place until 1513, at the beginning of the Renaissance.

The doors of the cathedral were commissioned by the chapter in 1505, and were carved of walnut by the brothers Raymond and Jean Bolhit of Aix and by the Toulon sculptor Jean Guiramand.

The doors feature four figures in high relief of the major prophets of the Old Testament (Isaiah, Ezekiel, Daniel and Jeremiah).

Above the prophets are the figures of twelve Sybils, pagan fortune-tellers from antiquity, honoured by medieval Christian scholars for having forecast the birth, death and resurrection of Christ.

The figures are framed with garlands of pomegranates and acorns, bunches of grapes, symbols of the Eucharist, a lion, a dragon and other fantastic animals: an aspic (another type of dragon) and a basilisk, a cock with the tail of a snake, representing the battle between good and evil.

Aix-en-Provence; Provençal Occitan, or simply Aix (pronounced: "Ex", medieval Occitan Aics), is a city-commune in south of France, some 30 km (19 mi) north of Marseille.
It is in the region of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, in the département of Bouches-du-Rhône, of which it is a subprefecture.
The population of Aix is approximately 143,000. Its inhabitants are called Aixois or, less commonly, Aquisextains.

Aix (Aquae Sextiae) was founded in 123 BC by the Roman consul Sextius Calvinus, who gave his name to its springs, following the destruction of the nearby Gallic oppidum at Entremont.

Aix, which during the Middle Ages was the capital of Provence, did not reach its zenith until after the 12th century, when, under the houses of Barcelona/Aragon and Anjou, it became an artistic centre and seat of learning.

Aix passed to the crown of France with the rest of Provence in 1487, and in 1501 Louis XII established there the parliament of Provence, which existed until 1789. In the 17th and 18th centuries, the town was the seat of the Intendance of Provence.

The local Aix dialect, rarely used and spoken by a rapidly decreasing number of people, is part of the provencal dialect of Occitan language. The provencal for "Aix-en-Provence" is "Ais de Prouvènço". Most of the older streets in Aix have names in both Provençal and French.

Aix is often referred to as the city of a thousand fountains. Among the most notable are the 17th-century Fontaine des Quatre Dauphins (Fountain of the Four Dolphins) in the Quartier Mazarin, designed by Jean-Claude Rambot, and three of the fountains down the central Cours Mirabeau: At the top, a 19th-century fountain depicts the "good king" René holding the Muscat grapes that he introduced to Provence in the 15th century; halfway down is a natural hot water fountain (34 °C), covered in moss, dating back to the Romans; and at the bottom at la Rotonde, the hub of modern Aix, stands a monumental fountain from 1860 beneath three giant statues representing art, justice and agriculture.
In the older part of Aix, there are also fountains of note in the Place d’Albertas and the Place des Trois-Ormeaux.

Unlike most of France which has an oceanic climate, Aix-en-Provence has a Mediterranean climate.


This crazy evil building was found from Flickr by user dominotic . Original date: 2013-06-30 23:52:45

Tagged: , Aix-en-Provence , aix , france , fountain , water , market , open air market , Cathedral of the Holy Saviour , Cathédrale Saint Sauveur , Hôtel de Ville , Place de l’Hôtel de Ville , Saint-Jean-de-Malte , Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur , medieval , Cours Mirabeau , plane trees , roman city , south of france , city of a thousand fountains , Fontaine des Quatre Dauphins , la Rotonde , carvings , statue , niche , religious icon

Church @ Lourdes

Fujifilm x100

Found on Flickr (Studio Skwit ) for this evil building. Original date: 2014-08-20 04:47:53

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Azay le rideau, Vaisseau de pierres

Azay-le-Rideau est une commune française du département d’Indre-et-Loire, dans la région Centre. Le château d’Azay-le-Rideau est un monument classé appartenant à l’État et situé dans la commune du même nom, en Indre-et-Loire, en France.

On peut y accéder par la ligne TER Tours – Chinon qui marque systématiquement l’arrêt dans la commune.

Le château fait l’objet d’un classement au titre des monuments historiques depuis le 11 août 19052. Le château d’Azay-le-Rideau, comme une centaine d’autres monuments, propriété de l’Etat, est géré, animé et ouvert à la visite par le centre des monuments nationaux.
Le premier château médiéval d’Azay fut construit aux alentours de 1119 par l’un des premiers seigneurs du lieu, Ridel (ou Rideau) d’Azay, chevalier de Philippe Auguste, qui édifia une forteresse défensive censée protéger la route entre Tours et Chinon.

Il fut brûlé par Charles VII en 1418 lorsque le roi, de séjour à Azay sur la route de Chinon, est provoqué par les troupes bourguignonnes qui occupent la place forte.

Le capitaine et 350 soldats sont exécutés, et le village gardera d’ailleurs jusqu’au XVIIIe siècle le nom d’Azay-le-Brûlé, encore porté par une commune des Deux-Sèvres.
Cour intérieure du château.

Le domaine est acquis à la fin du XVe siècle par Martin Berthelot, maître de la Chambre aux Deniers du roi, qui le cède à son fils Gilles.

Le château actuel fut bâti entre 1518 et 1523 par le maire de Tours et trésorier du roi François Ier, Gilles Berthelot et par sa femme, Philippa Lesbahy ; il s’agit d’un des chefs-d’œuvre de la première Renaissance française. Les fondations à base de pilotis et de pierres de Saint-Aignan sont réalisées sous la direction de Denis Guillourd. Philippa Lesbahy aidée par l’abbé Guillaume Artault, dirige l’essentiel des travaux en l’absence de son mari3.

Lorsqu’en 1527, le cousin de Gilles Berthelot, Jacques de Beaune-Semblançay, est exécuté, le couple décide de vider les lieux et de se rendre à Metz. Gilles Berthelot décèdera en 1529 à Cambrai.

En juin 1523, le roi confisque le château inachevé. Bien que Philippa Lesbahy insiste pour garder son château, elle le perdra définitivement en 1535 lorsque le roi l’offre à l’un de ses compagnons d’armes, Antoine de Raffin, capitaine des gardes du corps du Roi, qui l’a accompagné à Pavie. Le château encore inachevé ne reçoit de son nouveau propriétaire que quelques aménagements et l’idée de fermer le château en quadrilatère est abandonnée. L’édifice conservera désormais une forme en L3.

Le château ne sera en réalité occupé qu’à partir de 1547.

La petite-fille d’Antoine Raffin, Antoinette, ancienne dame d’honneur de Marguerite de Valois, s’y installe en 1583 et entreprend d’actualiser les décors de l’édifice avec l’aide de son époux, Guy de Saint-Gelais.

Son fils Arthus en hérite avec sa femme Françoise de Souvré, qui sera la gouvernante du futur Louis XIV. Louis XIII sera reçu par la suite au château le 27 juin 1619 et après lui, Louis XIV.

Les Raffin puis leurs alliés en 1751, les Vassé, en seront propriétaires jusqu’en 1787 où le château est vendu à Charles de Biencourt, un maréchal de camp.
The Château d’Azay-le-Rideau (pronounced: [azɛ lə ʁido]) is located in the town of Azay-le-Rideau in the French département of Indre-et-Loire. Built between 1518 and 1527, this château is considered one of the foremost examples of early French renaissance architecture. Set on an island in the middle of the Indre river, this picturesque château has become one of the most popular of the châteaux of the Loire valley.
Origins of the Château

The current château of Azay-le-Rideau occupies the site of a former feudal castle. During the 12th century, the local seigneur Ridel (or Rideau) d’Azay, a knight in the service of Philip II Augustus, built a fortress here to protect the Tours to Chinon road where it crossed the river Indre.[1]

However, this original medieval castle fell victim to the rivalry between Burgundian and Armagnac factions during the Hundred Years’ War. In 1418, the future Charles VII passed through Azay-le-Rideau as he fled from Burgundian occupied Paris to the loyal Armagnac stronghold of Bourges. Angered by the insults of the Burgundian troops occupying the town, the dauphin ordered his own army to storm the castle. The 350 soldiers inside were all executed and the castle itself burnt to the ground. For centuries, this fate was commemorated in the town’s name of Azay-le-Brûlé (literally Azay the Burnt), which remained in use until the 18th century.[2]
The Berthelots and the 16th Century
View of the façade from the southern side

The castle remained in ruins until 1518, when the land was acquired by Gilles Berthelot, the Mayor of Tours and Treasurer-General of the King’s finances.[3] Desiring a residence to reflect his wealth and status, Berthelot set about reconstructing the building in a way that would incorporate its medieval past alongside the latest architectural styles of the Italian renaissance. Although the château’s purpose was to be largely residential, defensive fortifications remained important symbols of prestige, and so Berthelot was keen to have them for his new castle. He justified his request to the King, Francis I, by an exaggerated description of the many ‘public thieves, footpads and other vagabonds, evildoers committing affray, disputes, thefts, larcenies, outrages, extortions and sundry other evils’ which threatened unfortified towns such as Azay-le-Rideau.[4]

Berthelot’s duties meant that he was frequently absent from the château, so the responsibility for supervising the building works fell to his wife, Philippa Lesbahy. These took time, since it was difficult to lay solid foundations in the damp ground of this island in the Indre, and the château had to be raised on stilts driven into the mud. Even once the foundations were laid, construction still progressed slowly, as much of the stone for the château came from the Saint-Aignan quarry, which was famous for its hard-wearing rock but was also around 100 km away, meaning that the heavy blocks had to be transported to Azay-le-Rideau by boat.[5]
Salamander of Francis I with his devise, Nutrisco et extinguo, from the pediment at Azay

The château was still incomplete in 1527, when the execution of Jacques de Beaune, (the chief minister in charge of royal finances and cousin to Berthelot) forced Gilles to flee the country. Possibly fearing the exposure of his own financial misdemeanours, he went into exile first in Metz in Lorraine, and later in Cambrai, where he died just two years later. Disregarding the pleas of Berthelot’s wife Philippa, Francis I confiscated the unfinished château and, in 1535, gave it to Antoine Raffin, one of his knights-at-arms. Raffin undertook only minor renovations in the château, and so the building works remained incomplete, with only the south and west wings of the planned quadrilateral ever being built. Thus, the château preserved the distinctive, but accidental, L-shape which it retains to this day.[6]
17th- 18th Centuries

In 1583, Raffin’s granddaughter Antoinette, a former lady-in-waiting to Margaret of Valois, took up residence in the château and, with the help of her husband Guy de Saint-Gelais, began modernising the décor. Azay-le-Rideau was then inherited by their son Arthur and his wife Françoise de Souvre, a future governess to Louis XIV, and it was during their ownership that the new château received its first royal visit: on June 27 1619, while on his way from Paris to visit his mother, Marie de Medici, in Blois, Louis XIII broke his journey to spend the night in Azay-le-Rideau.[7] Later in the century, his son Louis XIV would also be a guest in the same room.[8]

Discovered on Flickr (dubus regis ) for this crazy evil building. Original date: 2012-10-19 12:54:20

Tagged: , my_gear_and_me , marseille , provence , alpes , cote , d’azur , france , olympus , E3 , 12-60 , 70-300

Saint Remi Church – Église Saint Remi

Saint Remi church in Forbach city, France
contact me for original size and removing the photo credits

Found on Flickr (Bengin Ahmad ) for this amazing evil building. Original date: 2014-12-21 08:57:41

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