new icn messageflickr-free-ic3d pan white
Revisiting the arch... yes, it does get dark underneath! | by chxli
Back to photostream

Revisiting the arch... yes, it does get dark underneath!

Looking South.


In the distance the islands of Lérins, St Marguerite (left)

and St Honorat (right), which lie only about 1km south of Cannes in La Napoule gulf, France. (Cannes some 20km lies "behind the rock" on the left of the image).




The islands are first known to have been inhabited during Roman times.


A fortified monastery was built between the eleventh and fourteenth centuries. In 1047 the islands were raided by Muslim Andalusi pirates. The monastic community today lives in a monastery built during the nineteenth century.


The battle of 1637 on Lérins Islands is one of the battles of the Thirty Years' War between the Spanish Catholic Monarchy and the Kingdom of France . This combined naval and land operations and mobilized 39 ships, 11 galleys, 6 fire ships, 12 flutes, and a large fleet of transport. The Spanish garrison was reduced and the French attacked with all their forces. On March 24, 1637 began the siege of the Lérins Islands and the beginning of the attack of five Spanish forts. After a siege of 45 days, the Spaniards from Sainte-Marguerite Island capitulate on 12 May and those of Saint- Honorat Island May 13.


(information from Wikipedia:érins_Islands)


55 faves
Taken on October 22, 2017