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The rock of the blessed virgin: photo description (Rocher de la Vierge)

The rock of the blessed virgin - one of the main attractions of the famous resort of Biarritz a sort of his "calling card".

Previously, the rock was connected with the mainland cliff - they made a unified Peninsula. Since ancient times, on top of it was based vantage point. There was a legend that a few caught in a storm fishermen were able to reach the shore and not crash thanks to a mysterious light emanating from the top of the cliff. Since this rock is believed to be miraculous.

The rock was separated from the rock by order of Emperor Napoleon III, who loved to relax in Biarritz. He wanted to get a port of refuge and the dam. In 1865, in memory of the miracles that occurred here, on the cliff top has been erected several crosses and an amazing statue of the blessed virgin Mary, which was purchased at the Franco-Spanish exhibition, taking place in the neighbouring Aquitaine city of Bayonne.

Initially, the rock was connected with the city itself and its two major ports of the wooden walkway, which due to stormy ocean waves quickly came into disrepair. It was replaced by an iron transition length of 75 metres, created in the workshop of Gustave Eiffel. It was built in 1887. Interestingly, the Eifel had been discouraged from this work because of its special complexity. But now to get to the cliff in any weather.

From the top of the virgin on the rock offers stunning views of the entire city of Biarritz, its beaches and casinos, and even in other areas of the region and of the Basque Country. Moreover, in clear weather you can even distinguish the outlines of the Pyrenees.