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Saint Étienne de Baïgorry

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Country  France
Department  Pyrénées-Atlantiques
Population (2006)  1,617
Local time  Wednesday 3:55 AM
Region  Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Intercommunality  Garazi-Baïgorri
Area  69.44 km²
Arrondissement  Arrondissement of Bayonne
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Canton  Saint-Étienne-de-Baïgorry
Weather  8°C, Wind S at 10 km/h, 74% Humidity
Points of interest  Izpegi Pass, Sarl Etxauzia, Château d'Etchaux

Saint-Étienne-de-Baïgorry (Basque: Baigorri) is a commune in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department in south-western France, located at the same time in the former province of Lower Navarre. It borders the municipality of Baztan to the west (Spain, access via the Izpegi Pass).


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It is the main access to the Aldudes valley, having nearby the Castle, Echauz Castle, Château d'Etxauz, the river through the place being known as the river Nive des Aldudes.

The town is home to the renowned Day of Navarre (Basque: Nafarroa Eguna), a festival attracting a massive turnout (by thousands) from the Spanish and French side of Navarre in early May intended to strengthen ties between both Navarrese territories and affirming their common Basque identity.


Saint-Étienne-de-Baïgorry is the chief town of a district; 11 cities and villages ascribed to the French Canton of Saint-Étienne-de-Baïgorry had some 5,727 inhabitants on some 311 km2. in 2006, with decreasing population, against some 8500 inhabitants on the Westwards nearby Baztan area in some 376 km2., also decreasing population. Eastwards, French area of Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, a dowry of King Sancho VII of Navarre, deceased 1234, to his sister Berengaria of Navarre, deceased 1230, the quiet wife and widow of Angevin King Richard I the Lionheart of England, also Duke of Aquitaine and Duke of Gascony, deceased April 1199.

French Communes limiting with the town of Saint-Étienne de Baïgorry

  • Bidarray, Northwards. 652 inhabitants in 2006. Some 30 km2. 43°16′3″N 1°20′38″W
  • Saint-Martin-d'Arrossa- North-East. 462 inhabitants in 2006. 43°14′21″N 1°18′43″W
  • Irouléguy. East. Famous vineyards for many years. 316 inhabitants in 2006, 43°10′40″N 1°18′01″W
  • Anhaux. South-West.280 inhabitants in 2006. 12.3 km2., 43°10′9″N 1°17′28″W
  • Banca. South. Some 373 inhabitants in 2006, 43°7′39″N 1°22′23″W
  • Demography

    Saint-Étienne-de-Baïgorry has 1617 inhabitants, as of the 2006 census.


    Set in a mountainous area, Baigorri is communicated by departmental roads D15 and D948, with a coach line offering service to Ossès (Basque Ortzaize) within TER Aquitaine's network.

    The Area as a part of the French GR10, French footpaths,(Grand Randonnée 10)

    Main sights

  • Saint-Etienne church, in a Viscounty created in 1033 by King Sancho III of Navarre, is mentioned in documents of 1253, but with a Baroque retable of the 17th century displaying the stoning of 1st century AD Saint Étienne
  • Château d'Etchaux, built in the 16th century by Viscount of Baïgorry
  • Coat of arms

    The meaning in Basque is the “red bank of the river”, in this case the river Nive, flowing through Bayonne and discharging the waters in the 324 km long Adour River.

    Notable people

  • Jean Isidore Harispe, 1st Comte Harispe, (Saint-Étienne-de-Baïgorry, 7 December 1768 - Lacarre, 26 May 1855), was a distinguished French soldier of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, as well as a of the following period. Harispe was created a Marshal of France in 1851.
  • References

    Saint-Étienne-de-Baïgorry Wikipedia

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