L’église Sainte-Emerence

Shot details: Nikon D90 with Sigma 10-20mm f/4.0-5.6 lens @ 13mm & 1/15sec f7.1 ISO 640
Location: L’église Sainte-Emerence in Rochemenier, France.

This photo is an HDR composite of 3 pictures, one at camera exposure and one 2 stops either side. I used Photomatix pro for the HDR treatment which I tried to keep sensible and used just to capture the dynamic range in the church rather than going for any grungy effect. I then exported to Photoshop and added the light rays. To see how, see my earlier post on the subject of how to add light rays to photographs.

L’église Sainte-Emerence in Rochemenier, France is a small church built over an underground chapel dug into the sandstone by the troglodyte dwellers who built/dug out something in the region of 250 underground rooms in this area alone dating back to 13th Century. If your are ever in the area, go and have a look, it’s fascinating. There is a preserved area with over 20 rooms intact and maintained as they would have been when in use, including farms

L’église Sainte-Emerence in Rochemenier, France is a small church built over an underground chapel dug into the sandstone by the troglodyte dwellers who built/dug out something in the region of 250 underground rooms in this area alone dating back to 13th Century. If your are ever in the area, go and have a look, it’s fascinating. There is a preserved area with over 20 rooms intact and maintained as they would have been when in use, including farms and associated equipment.

Why did they dig in to the rock? Well, for one it was relatively easy as it is sandstone, secondly they would have been very well insulated and temperatures remained fairly constant. Finally, construction didn’t take much expertise so labour was cheap, you only had to build one wall and the rock that was dug out was sold, so overall very economical.

If you like the sound of it, there are Gites to rent in the area that have been adapted from the original dwellings – just don’t expect much of a view!

Mark

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