Medieval castles, five of them in this small town of Chauvigny, all symbols of power of a bygone age.
Chauvigny is situated on a high promontory over the River Vienne, the only medieval settlement of its kind in Europe, so the promotional literature says. The five fortresses are grouped inside a single outer wall and overlooked by the belfry of St Peter's Church.
Left to right in the view above: Château Baronial, Château d'Harcourt, St Peter's Church, Château de Gouzon, The other two fortresses, Flins and Montléon don't show on this picture. The tower of Flins is now a private residence while Montléon has all but disappeared by being incorporated into more recent buildings.
But as with many symbols of power, they have crumbled over time.
Taken over gradually by vegetation ...
... and other wildlife.
A two-in-one post for the Photo Hunts.