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part of the walk that leads you through Melle, a 6 km (3.7 mi) walk known as the ‘Arboretum, Chemin de la Découverte’. This walk passes more than 1000 species of trees and shrubs from the temperate areas of the world, and a collection of over 100 roses.

The church of Saint-Hilaire is the most beautiful of the three Melle churches, all of which merit a visit. Saint-Hilaire has an “ecclesiastical juke-box” which plays hymns and chants. The church of Saint-Hilaire was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as part of the World Heritage Sites of the Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France.

In the Middle Ages, Melle flourished as a town as can be seen from its surviving medieval houses and the three churches, built in the Romanesque style during the 11th and 12th centuries.

IT is amazing although not heavily adorned as many churches it is is immense the high vaulted ceilngs are literally touching the sky and the plaster work is so beautiful with so many filigree effects and many different gargoyles to add to it.

a little more of the route here

Stained Glass Reflections taken on a previous visit inside the church

Le Pont Bleu part of the Arboretum, Chemin de la Découverte’

Canon eos 400d sigma lens 214mm
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charlemagne, lezay, melle, pamelajayne smith, poitou charente, deux sevres, st hilaire, s gol ne royal, silver mines

We live in the West of France in the Poitou Charentes region, I love where we live and take a lot of inspiration for photography from the countryside and wonderful regions around us.

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Comments

  • SharonAHenson
    SharonAHensonabout 4 years ago

    BEAUTIFUL.

  • Thank you so very much Sharon :)

    – Pamela Jayne Smith

  • Prasad
    Prasadabout 4 years ago

    A.W.E.S.O.M.E

  • Thank you Prasad you have made my day :D

    – Pamela Jayne Smith

  • GenuineDragon
    GenuineDragonabout 4 years ago

    Awesome capture Pamela:)

  • Thank you so very much Wojciech

    – Pamela Jayne Smith

  • Karen  Betts
    Karen Bettsabout 4 years ago

    wonderfullight onthe stonework and well framed with the trees

  • Thank you so very much Karen :D

    – Pamela Jayne Smith

  • Sean Farragher
    Sean Farragherabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful

  • Thank you so very much Sean :D

    – Pamela Jayne Smith

  • Barry Norton
    Barry Nortonabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture Pamela

  • Thank you so very much Barry :D

    – Pamela Jayne Smith

  • EarthGipsy
    EarthGipsyabout 4 years ago

    Simply beautiful. Thanks for the information too.
    Thanks for submitting to the Heritage Listed and Other Trust Sites Group

  • Thank you so much, it’s my pleasure – you certainly get to learn more than just the language here :D

    – Pamela Jayne Smith

  • LaFleureRouge1
    LaFleureRouge1about 4 years ago

    Lovely image Brava!
    XXX
    Red

  • Thank you so very much Red x

    – Pamela Jayne Smith

  • Vicki Ferrari
    Vicki Ferrariabout 4 years ago

    SUch a beautiful building Pamela! :))

  • It is a beautiful church Vicki and one that can be looked at for hours, doorway and carvings are something else as well! Thank you for passing by and for your lovely comment :)

    – Pamela Jayne Smith

  • Shaun Whiteman
    Shaun Whitemanabout 4 years ago

    Beautifully framed and what a stunning looking buidling, very well done!

  • Thank you so much Shaun :D

    – Pamela Jayne Smith

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