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A 3 frame HDR image, shot in RAW +2,0,-2 EV’s, ISO 80, 1/250sec at f8. Processed in Photomatix Pro 3.2.6 and CS4.

Textures and layers added to improve the light on the village and to give the sky a stormy feel. Textures by courtesy of:
Armorodesign, Sanami276 and buzillo-stock.

325 viewings 4th April 2010

BEST VIEWED LARGE to see more of the lovely village at the foot of the cliff.

Fuji Finepix S9500.

Featured in ‘Textures Unlimited’ Group 12th January 2010

Featured in ‘All Castles around the World’ Group 20th January 2010

The Château de Beynac is a castle situated in the commune of Beynac-et-Cazenac, in the Dordogne département of France. The castle is one of the best preserved and best-known in the region.
This Middle Ages construction, with its austere appearance, is perched on top of a limestone cliff, dominating the town and the north bank of the Dordogne River.
The castle was built from the 12th century by the barons of Beynac (one of the four baronies of Périgord) to close the valley. The sheer cliff face being sufficient to discourage any assault from that side, the defences were built up on the plateau: double crenellated walls, double moats, one of which was a deepened natural ravine, double barbican.
The oldest part of the castle is a large, square-shaped, Romanesque keep with vertical sides and few openings, held together with attached watch towers and equipped with a narrow spiral staircase terminating on a crenellated terrace. To one side, a residence of the same period is attached; it was remodelled and enlarged in the 16th and 17th centuries. On the other side is a partly 14th century residence side-by-side with a courtyard and a square plan staircase serving the 17th century apartments. The apartments have kept their woodwork and a painted ceiling from the 17th century. The Salle des États (States’ Hall) has a Renaissance sculptured fireplace and leads into a small oratory entirely covered with 15th century frescoes, included a Pietà, a Saint Christopher, and a Last Supper in which Saint Martial (first bishop of Limoges) is the maître d’hôtel.
At the time of the Hundred Years’ War, the fortress at Beynac was in French hands. The Dordogne was the border between France and England. Not far away, on the opposite bank of the river, the Château de Castelnaud was held by the English. The Dordogne region was the theatre of numerous struggles for influence, rivalries and occasionally battles between the English and French supporters. However, the castles fell more often through ruse and intrigue rather than by direct assault, because the armies needed to take these castles were extremely costly: only the richest nobles and kings could procure them.
The castle was bought in 1962 by Lucien Grosso who has restored it.
Visitors to the castle can see sumptuous tapestries showing hunting and other scenes from the lives of the lords of the period. The Château de Beynac has been listed as a monument historique by the French Ministry of Culture since 1944.
Beynac castle has served as a location for several films, including Les Visiteurs by Jean-Marie Poiré, in 1993, La Fille de d’Artagnan by Bertrand Tavernier, in 1994, Ever After by Andy Tennant, in 1998, and Jeanne d’Arc by Luc Besson, in 1999. The village of Beynac below the chateau, also served as a location for the film Chocolat by Lasse Hallström, in 2000.
(Source: wikipedia)

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Comments

  • BCImages
    BCImagesover 4 years ago

    stunning bob

  • Thank you so much Steve, I always welcome your comments.

    – Bob Culshaw

  • scottimages
    scottimagesover 4 years ago

    Gorgeous work Bob. Those colours & textures are a very powerful combination. This is fabulous :))

  • Thank you so much Rosemary for your valued comment. You are very generous!

    – Bob Culshaw

  • Anna Shaw
    Anna Shawover 4 years ago

    Hey – that is fabulous!! So dark and brooding and with that fabulous light. The textures work really well too. Well done.
    xx

  • Thank you so much sweetheart – dark and brooding like me? xx

    – Bob Culshaw

  • Mynybee
    Mynybeeover 4 years ago

    mmmm… indeed, moody and spiffy, well done!

  • Thank you so much Myn, I just love your comment.

    – Bob Culshaw

  • Lorraine Creagh
    Lorraine Creaghover 4 years ago

    Brilliant work Bob. The texture are stunning.

  • Thank you so much Lorraine, I truly appreciate your comments.

    – Bob Culshaw

  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellover 4 years ago

    Wow , fantastic work and great textures Bob xx

  • Thank you so much Irene for your lovely comment – way to go to catch you up though! xx

    – Bob Culshaw

  • Richard Hamilton-Veal
    Richard Hamilt...over 4 years ago

    Awesome work Bob.

  • Thank you so much Richard. Have a great day!

    – Bob Culshaw

  • PDPhoto
    PDPhotoover 4 years ago

    Brilliant and beautiful image Bob. The textures and colours are fantastic, plus a good historical write up.

  • Thank you so much Paul for your wonderful comment and favouriting too!

    – Bob Culshaw

  • lucyarohanui
    lucyarohanuiover 4 years ago

    Just so very beautiful ….
    Patricia

  • Thank you so much for your generous comment Patricia xx

    – Bob Culshaw

  • Torfinn
    Torfinnover 4 years ago

    Excellent work Bob!

  • Thank you so much Torfinn for your lovely comment and for favouriting too!

    – Bob Culshaw

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