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A step on the road to Santiago de Compostela

If there is a mythical path, it is that of Saint Jacques de Compostela. It constitutes a great human adventure already more than 1000 years old making the pilgrims dream. The door Saint Jacques , classified World Heritage by UNESCO, located at the entrance of Saint John Pied de Port , already delivers a promise. Indeed, the city of Saint Jean Pied de Port is the starting point of the mythical mountainous stage known as the Ports de Cize. This stage leads to the Collegiate Church of Roncesvalles crossing the Pyrenees.
The pilgrims take the road, and go down the street of the Citadel. They make a stop at Notre Dame du Bout du Pont church and then go up the rue d’Espagne, before rushing towards the Cize passes. This is probably one of the most difficult stages of the Saint Jacques de Compostela Path , however, it is also one of the most beautiful.

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Between the Côte Basque and the Spanish border, at the foothills of the Pyrenean foothills, Saint Jean Pied de Port is the most visited fortified village in the Pays Basque.
A must on the way to Santiago de Compostela, the capital of Nafarroa Garaia is a real jewel of the Basque hinterland. It is also the starting point for many discoveries in the Basque Country.

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Monuments to visit in Saint Jean Pied de Port

Rich in historical heritage, Saint Jean de Port has many architectural treasures protected under the Historical Monuments legislation. Among the essential, we can mention:

     

  • The door Saint Jacques :
    Historic entry of pilgrims en route to Compostela, the door Saint Jacques , a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1998, it has a singular and eventful history. Today, this door is still the symbolic and emblematic entrance of the pilgrims coming from the Madeleine district, cross Saint Jean Pied de Port to Roncesvalles.
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  • The Citadel:
    The Citadel stands proudly at the top of Mendiguren Hill, on the site of the ancient medieval castle. Built around 1625 to 1627, it dominates the city and the Nive nearly 80 meters, then improved during the decade of 1640. It is the smallest of the kingdom when Vauban undertakes to strengthen the defenses. Port ‘s citadel Saint Jean Pied is a rare and exceptional example of bastioned fortification.


     

  • Wall of the Upper City:
    Classified Historic Monument , the wall of the upper town is a real stone corset enveloping the historic heart. Built in the 13th century, the enclosure of the wall is pierced by four majestic gothic doors. Its upper part was remodeled in the 19th century, with the construction of a walkway and the construction of a wall pierced with multiple gun loopholes.
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  • Bishops Prison:
    Listed in the Monument Historique in 1941, this building is an emblematic place in the city of Saint Jean Pied de Port . Reconverted into a museum, the Prison of Bishops hosts a permanent exhibition that evokes the paths to Compostela in the Middle Ages and temporary exhibitions with rich and varied themes!
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