Church Saint-Jacques at Pau!

There you go relaxing times at home and seeing my blog with a more or better eye realise I have written in a general view many posts and even missed some. Therefore, I am catching up! The wonderful memorable city of Pau we have been several times and even used it as a base for the region as well as waiting for the Tour de France bike race!

However, I have overlook this nice Church Saint Jacques or St James’s Church in city center, and I like to tell you a bit more about it. Hope you enjoy it as we did.

The Saint-Jacques (St James) Church is located in the heart of the city next to the courthouse in Pau. The Saint-Jacques Church occupies the site of an old chapel, of the same name, built in 1651 by the order of the Cordeliers. Pilgrims traveling to Santiago de Compostela were welcomed there.


The work on the Saint Jacques Church started as early as July 1861 and was finally completed in 1868, three years before the inauguration of the Saint-Martin Church(see post). The Saint-Jacques Church is a neo-Gothic style with three naves, transept and choir. There has been lots of work here over the years and finally the church found its two spires towers in 2012. These are now 22 meters high, compared to 17 meters previously, and each weigh 19 tonnes including 3.5 tonnes of zinc.

The Saint-Jacques Church has 54 stained glass windows. There are some stained glass windows in the chapel made by the Mauméjean family in a different Art Nouveau style. The twenty canopies of the Saint-Jacques Church are being restored until summer 2020. In the transept, three camouflaged canvases represent the Virgin in glory surrounded by angel musicians and choirboys who sing the Salve Regina. In the upper arches see biblical figures In the choir, the canvases mounted on the apse illustrate four episodes of the gesture of Saint James (Santiago) vocation, preaching, martyrdom, battle of Clavijo with the apostolic college above.


The Saint Jacques Church bell drone was donated by Henri-Gaston de Galard, from the Galard family. He will give it the first name of his wife, Cécile, and will be melted in 1880 by the famous workshops of Léon Bollée. Cécile is a bumblebee of 2 meters in diameter by 3 meters in height, it weighs naked 6 tons. Cécile, along with the five bells that accompany her, found her place in June 2012. The Tribune organ is from 1870 with numerous restorations carried out since in order to preserve this instrument. The Choir organ, for its part, was made in 1999 from salvage elements. This organ is used to accompany the assembly choir every Sunday, thus accompanying the tribune organ.


As you have , not much written on it on the web and my information comes from books and magazines like Secrets d’Histoire and Detours. This is the parish of Christ religious webpage which includes the Church Saint Jacques in French: Parish of Christ the sauveur on St Jacques hours

And the Diocese of Pau on St Jacques in French: Diocese 64 Pyrénées-Atlantiques on St Jacques

It is right in city center and next to the courthouse of Pau, easy to find and another wonderful monument of pretty Pau in dept 64  Pyrénées-Atlantiques of the Nouvelle Aquitaine region. Enjoy it

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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