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Ainhoa: photos, description (Ainhoa)

The Basque village of Ainhoa is a member of the most beautiful villages of France since the founding of this "club" in 1982. Population compared to other historic villages, is rather numerous (more than 670), and the history of Ainhoa has been nine centuries.

Municipality located in the Department of pyrénées Atlantiques (Aquitaine region) and is surrounded by other picturesque Pyrenean villages - SAR and Espelette with its sights. The village lies almost on the border with Spain, in the territory of the French part of the Basque Land. So in her appearance affected the tradition and character of different peoples. Many villages in France have their own flavor, caused by long-term habits of the inhabitants, or the peculiarities of the local nature. So, the predominant colors, Ainhoa, red and white, some of the traditional Basque colors.

Main street, Ainhoa appeared in the times, when in the village were many pilgrims on one of the branches of the Way of St. James. On the street where they were, began to build institutions, to provide travelers with food and lodging.

In the XVII century during the Thirty years war with Spain, the village was partially destroyed, but was gradually rebuilt.

In Ainhoa, you can see the Church of the Immaculate Conception, founded in the XIII century and later rebuilt. The Church not only survived in the dashing years, but within it is preserved the altar and wall painting. In the churchyard you can see the gravestones characteristic of Basque funerary culture. Their tops were made in the form of a disc or flat stones with images of solar symbols, they are referred to as "Hillary" and date back to the XVI-XVII centuries. Near the Church is also a Playground for traditional games of pelota.