Photographer's Note

July 17th, 2010
Saint-André-sur-Sèvre 790236 79380
Deux-Sévres Poitou-Charentes
46.783 -0.667 153 m

Saint-Mesmin castle, Saint-André-sur-Sèvre

The keep.
Another view.

Castle of Saint-Mesmin la Ville, medieval fortress of the 14th century, built by Pierre de Montfaucon in 1370, and its Keep of the 15th century of 28 m, on a bank of Sevreau river, which is an affluent of The SÈVRE NANTAISE river.

It is a medieval fortress with hexagonal enclosure, flanked of five horseshoe towers. The keep of 28 m replaced one of the towers at the 15th century. This castle preserves a large amount of elements of the military architecture of the Middle Ages, witnesses of the developments in the technologies of war, loopholes for bows, loopholes for crossbows, machicolations, drawbridge.

_The SÈVRE NANTAISE is a river which takes its source to 215 m of altitude on the plateau of Gâtine, at the village of Gâs on the commune of Neuvy-Bouin in the DEUX-SÈVRES, and which is thrown in the Loire river in Nantes, after 159 kilometers of course.

_The SÈVRE NIORTAISE river is a coastal river of 158 km course, which takes its source close to Sepvret in Deux-Sèvres, crosses Niort, then goes down in the marsh from Poitou which it feeds, before throwing in the Atlantic Ocean in Aiguillon bay. The Sèvre Niortaise river and the Sèvre Nantaise river, gave their name to the department of Deux-Sèvres.

SAINT-ANDRÉ-SUR-SÈVRE is a french commune, located in the department of Deux-Sèvres of the Poitou-Charentes area, populated of 653 Saint-Andrésiens in 1999, distributed out of 20 km², that is to say 33 hab./km²).

Visit of the castle.

My images of Saint-André-sur-Sèvre.

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