Saint Jean de Luz and the King!

Here is Saturday and again reminiscent of my older post in my blog, bring them back to life. France is a huge reservoir of gorgeous sites that will probably my lifetime won’t be enough to see it all. However, I am on the right track ::)

The one post on Saint Jean de Luz is one example of it. Here is the old post from 2011: https://paris1972-versailles2003.com/2011/03/06/saint-jean-de-luz-the-french-basque-town/

You have lots of interesting fact there and photos. The city has plenty of history even recent from the exit of the Polish army in 1940 escaping from here and all the way back to ancient times. It has long been a feud between France and Spain around here. And of course, wonderful beaches. I just will like to expand on the King’s presence there that is link to two countries dear to me.

Saint-Jean-de-Luz found it’s best hour when after the treaty of the Pyrénées on November 7 1659 , sealing the peace between France and Spain by negotiations of Cardinal Mazarin, and marking the borders of the two countries until these days ; king Louis XIV came here to married Maria Teresa of Austria , infanta of Spain (daughter of the king of Spain, Felipe IV)on June 9 1660. The door of the church of St John the Baptist or Saint-Jean-Baptiste, from which the royal couple went out was closed 3 years after the wedding, even if the sign on the door tells of the closing immediately after the wedding according to French history school book.

Her 6 children died early except one, but the grandson Felipe V born at Versailles later became King of Spain in 1700, and it is the Bourbon dynasty still running in Spain today. Felipe V ,also built La Granja de San Ildefonso , near Segovia, to look as a miniature Versailles as a reminder of his birth and time there.

There is a lot written on the house that King Louix XIV stayed while waiting for the wedding, the old house of Lohobiague-Enea or commonly call Maison Louis XIV more on it here in English: http://www.maison-louis-xiv.fr/lohobiague-enea,110,en.html?PHPSESSID=1sbn2ulc12pj3pklall59o3hq6

However, much less on the Infanta… She stayed at the house or Maison de l’Infante-Joanoenia ,located at 1 rue de l’Infanta in town. Built in 1640 by Joannot de Haraneder,a rich boat builder of noble titles given by king Louis XIII for his services in the siege of La Rochelle. The Infanta lived here while the marriage ceremonies were going on in June 1660. The house ,also hosted king Felipe V of Spain and his brothers in 1701, as well as emperor Napoleon III and the emperatrice Eugénie in 1854. She of course Spanish Montijo from Belmonte Castilla La Mancha where I have visited the castle still in descendants hands and open to the public.

You can visit the bedroom of the Infanta, the anteroom of the great hall with a decoration of the 17C, the monumental chimney in sculpture stones, heads of angels, richly sculpture beams decorated with mythical figures, fabolous monsters, exotic fruits and celestial constellations. The oratory along this grand hall has a great view over the harbor or Port et la Rhune. More on this house in French here : http://www.stjeandeluz-paysbasque.com/il_etait_une_fois/maison_infante.php

For clarity and help here is the tourist office of Saint Jean de Luz in English: http://www.saint-jean-de-luz.com/en/

Enjoy it the pays basque, the basques of France. Have a great day, Cheers.
ah a personal touch,photo of me and the boys in front of the house of the Infanta.
st jean de luz Pedro remi xavier front of maison infanta

2 Comments to “Saint Jean de Luz and the King!”

  1. Love the French Basque coast!

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