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John the Baptist Church: pictures, description Eglise Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Saint-Jean-de-Luz)

One of the most striking events in the life of the small resort town of Saint-Jean-de-Luz was the wedding of king Louis XIV and the Infanta Maria Theresa Spanish. With this event the town has several buildings, including the Church of St. John the Baptist, where in 1660, the ceremony of the wedding.

The marriage was the result of long and hard work of cardinal Mazarin, who had to use all their diplomatic skills. Saint-Jean-de-Luz, was chosen for the conclusion of the Royal marriage as one of the closest to the Spanish border cities. Marriage was part of the Pyrenees the peace agreement between France and Spain and did not make happy neither Louis nor Infante.

The Church in which he held the sacrament of marriage, was founded in XIV-XV centuries, at least, this time dated the oldest in its design elements. By the time of the Royal wedding the Church was not completed, the work was only completed 12 years later after the ceremony. And then in the face of the Church changes were made until the mid eighteenth century. Today, the decoration of the Church serve as a gilded altar of the Baroque era, a stained glass window on the theme of the Way of St. James. About the wedding of Louis XIV and the Infanta is commemorated with a plaque in the temple. The Board is the Royal portal in which the wedding took place and which was bricked up after the ceremony.

Except the Church of St. John the Baptist in Saint-Jean-de-Luz in the marriage ceremony "attended" a couple of city buildings, which gave temporary shelter to the newlyweds. The house in which stayed Louis XIV, called "king's House" and the mansion, which had spent the night before the wedding of Marie-Therese - respectively, "the House of the Infanta" and is located on the promenade of the Infanta. From the balcony of the "House of the king" the bride and groom were thrown into the crowd the coins inside the mansion, which is now a Museum, you can see figures of Louis and his bride, as well as the whole ancient atmosphere of the chambers and utility rooms.