Photographer's Note

A short series of pictures from the small town of Saint-Macaire, which is in the département of the Gironde and the Aquitaine region of South West France. Its inhabitants are called Macariens.

The municipality of Saint-Macaire, of which the town is a part is on the right bank of the Garonne, about 50 kilometres south-east of Bordeaux where the river ceases to be tidal. The municipality is fairly small since it barely covers 179 hectares. Outside the town of Saint-Macaire itself, there is small area consisting mostly of vineyards to the north and west of the town' with fields and woods to the south, especially near the river. The wine business, which is the main agricultural activity in the area, produces a sweet white AOC wine known as "Côtes de Bordeaux Saint-Macaire."

The town itself is built on a rocky promontory overlooking the surrounding alluvial plain by about thirty meters. It consists of two entities: the old walled town or Cité to the south and the new town, which was mainly developed to the north of the old part. At one time the walls of the town stood next to the Garonne, but the river has moved some 250 metres to the south over the course of the centuries. The old town is semi-hemispherical in shape, concentrated around the church of Saint-Sauveur, the former priory and the site of the old castle (now destroyed). Surrounded by ramparts, it is flanked by two suburbs, which appeared during the Middle Ages and which took advantage of the protection offered by the walls: Thuron (east) and Rendesse (west).

The name of the town is derived from the Greek "Makarios". Makarios was a monk who came to evangelize the Aquitaine on the order of St. Martin of Tours in the company of Cassien and Victor. He died in the early fifth century in the city of Ligen, which in antiquity was located on the opposite bank of the Garonne, but for which no remains have been located.

The above information has been extracted and freely translated from an extensive article about Saint-Macaire on the French Wikipedea site. For those who are interested, here is a link: to the article.

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Additional Photos by Stephen Nunney (snunney) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10627 W: 63 N: 29874] (130967)
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