Château de Pau (SW France)  by Corinne Pouzet

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Famed as the birthplace of Henri IV, king of France and the Navarre, the Chateau de Pau also played an important role of fortress under Gaston Febus (Gaston III was the 11th count of Foix and viscount of Béarn 1343-1391, he claimed Béarn as an independent fief with its chief seat his stringhold at Pau, a site that had been fortified by the 11th century which was later made the official capital of Béarn province in 1464 of Foix-Béarn) and residence to the royal families of the Renaissance.

The tapestry, towers, gardens and donjons mark the presence of a history filled with gallantry, fame and courage.

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  • Alison Cornford-Matheson
    Alison Cornfor...over 6 years ago

    I know this place! What a lovely night shot!

  • Yes, sure Alison, you obviously know this place about 20 km or so from Monein !
    Coming from you I really do appreciate your comment…

    – Corinne Pouzet

  • Estelle O'Brien
    Estelle O'Brienover 6 years ago

    Ooooh you live near a real castle???? Great shot! xx

  • This real castle is the one of our Henri the fourth who was stabbed in 1640. He had the bad idea of getting married with Catherine de Medicis’s daughter Margot, who was all but an angel !!
    Anyway, Pau is about 20 km from the little town where I live. We often go for shopping, having a good lunch or just sipping a coffee not far away from the Château ….

    – Corinne Pouzet

  • Estelle O'Brien
    Estelle O'Brienover 6 years ago

    Ooooooh again. I read a book many years ago about Catherine de Medici and her Henri (and his mistresses) it made such an impression on me I can still remember it 30 years later! Bit dangerous being married to a Medici!

  • flamingalfa
    flamingalfaover 6 years ago

    Wow Corinne, this is incredible. Congratulations!

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  • EarthGipsy
    EarthGipsyabout 6 years ago

    OMG!!! Stunning………………..!

  • Pamela Jayne Smith
    Pamela Jayne S...about 6 years ago


    I have tried to find the town but to no avail – where abouts is it in relation to the Poitou Charente please?? We are always looking for places to visit – most are about an hours to 2 hours away but if this is in the SW then maybe it is near to us!!

  • Hi Pam ! thanks for dropping by.
    This pic is located in Pau : it’s the chateau de Pau and was the home town of Henri IV.
    Pau is about halfway from Spain (San Sebastian, Basque region) and the Atlantic Coast (Hossegor in the Landes region).
    Hope you can spot the place on a map now.
    Cheers !

    – Corinne Pouzet

  • Ming  Myaskovsky
    Ming Myaskovskyover 5 years ago

    This looks absolutely beautiful!! Amazing job!! :))

  • Pascal Inard
    Pascal Inardover 5 years ago

    Tres belle photo Corrine !

  • Comme je suis contente de voir que tu parles Français ! Un immense merci de ton gentil commentaire.. many thanks Apami

    – Corinne Pouzet

  • Lanis Rossi
    Lanis Rossiover 4 years ago

    Last September I visited many of the Chateaus in France, it was beautiful like your photo! Great shot! Lovely Country!

  • I am glad you like our country and the many chateaux they are worth to be visited…Thanks so much for your comment

    – Corinne Pouzet

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