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in the beautiful town of Celles-sur-Belle is this magnificent building – l’abbaye Royale. In this image is also (another) Lavoir and the dominating Eglise Notre Dame.

A former Abbey from the XII century was partly destroyed during the wars of religion in 1568.Rebuilt during the second half of the seventeenth century by the architect Francis Duke of Tuscany, the two buildings form an architectural masterpiece!

L’Abbaye Royale et son église Notre-Dame, ancienne abbatiale du XIIème siècle furent en partie détruites lors des guerres de religion en 1568. Reconstruits pendant la seconde moitié du XVIIème siècle, par l’architecte François le Duc dit Toscane, les deux édifices forment un ensemble architectural majeur.

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a very warm sunny saturday 6/3/10

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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  • Karen  Betts
    Karen Bettsalmost 5 years ago

    This is really lovely what wonderful stonework and such a beautiful looking day.

  • Thank you Karen – it was a lovely day indeed :D We have to go back again though very soon! Just awaiting another blue sky day! Sorry I missed this comment before now!

    – Pamela Jayne Smith

  • StephenRB
    StephenRBalmost 5 years ago

    Like the lead in to the Abbey and detail in the stonework.

  • Thank you Stephen – I was trying to capture the church and Abbey in the same photo along with the Lavoir – I feel I must go back and see if I can do a little better though! Sorry for missing this comment before now!

    – Pamela Jayne Smith

  • Sean Farragher
    Sean Farragheralmost 5 years ago

    lovely shot

  • Thank you Sean :D

    – Pamela Jayne Smith

  • mikequigley
    mikequigleyalmost 5 years ago

    Lovely – just like a painting – mq

  • Thank you mq :D

    – Pamela Jayne Smith

  • Barry Norton
    Barry Nortonalmost 5 years ago

    Wonderful capture Pamela

  • Thank you kindly Barry :D

    – Pamela Jayne Smith

  • rasim1
    rasim1almost 5 years ago

    Beautiful capture.

  • Thank you Rasim :D

    – Pamela Jayne Smith

  • reflector
    reflectorover 4 years ago

    A very nice estate, well caught Pam !

  • Thank you James :D

    – Pamela Jayne Smith

  • colindove
    colindoveover 4 years ago

    I enlarged this to see the fuller scene. I so wish you could take some of the shrubbery from the for-ground . It is too harsh for the overall scene and disturbs the glorious bridge detail. Hope you’re not offended by my words, they are said with concern.
    Yet, I would still love to see some of them in this beautiful feature.

  • Hi Col, of course I am not offended – gosh you would have to go a loong way to do that – as you know I appreciate critique and I agree with you! THIS IMAGE is my fave one. I was trying to capture the Lavoir, Abbaye and church and those darn bushes were in the way!! I was up on the hill but you are right a tree would have been a really good idea ;) x

    – Pamela Jayne Smith

  • colindove
    colindoveover 4 years ago

    Yet looking again, you may have needed to climb a tree!! LOL

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