The great landscape

Published on 04 April 2012 - Updated 12 July 2013
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The landscape is also admired from one hillside to another in the Valley, over sometimes more than 10km. The panoramic views are breath-taking, whether from the hillside or the levee.

This effect can be explained by the sheer breadth of the valley, size of horizontal grounds and dominance of farmland and nature spots free from any buildings

These characteristics mean that the fields are wide open, oftenstretching as far as woodland on the horizon. 




the great landscape is organised into horizontal lines
which enhance the verticality
of churches and châteaux. 


the great landscape is composed of sweeping areas free from any buildings
that provide views over to the other side of the river. 

The depth of fields




the great landscape is marked by wide open fields
that open up perspectives
at different scales 

Recent changes


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The impacts of certain forms of development on the landscape at the scale of the great landscape are: 

  • the disappearance of "agricultural and natural greenbelts" between Loire towns and villages,
  • the decline in sweeping perspectives and reduction – even closing up completely – of views,
  • "the collapse" of the heritage composition with out-of-proportion developments.

Guidelines for taking action

  • Design bridges in harmony with the way the Loire criss-crosses its valley.
  • Design activity zones as "Gateways" to the Loire Valley.
  • Install very tall pylons well away from heritage areas.
  • Support farming production by strengthening ties between towns and the countryside.
  • Curb the transformation of farmland into building plots.
  • Integrate farm buildings.

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Echelle du grand paysage