SAINT JEAN PIED DE PORT – Saint Jean Pied de Port

Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port (literally meaning ‘Saint John at the foot of the mountain pass’ in French) (Basque: Donibane Garazi) is a commune in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department in south-western France close to Ostabat in the Pyrenean foothills. The town lies on the river Nive, 8 km (5.0 mi) from the Spanish border. It is essentially one main street with sandstone walls encircling. The original town at nearby Saint-Jean-le-Vieux was razed to the ground in 1177 by the troops of Richard the Lionheart after a siege. The Kings of Navarre refounded the town on its present site shortly afterwards. The town was once a part of the Spanish province of Navarre and the Basque language is still spoken on both sides of the border and they still share similar traditions.

Features

  • Coin Alloy Name: brass
  • Coin Alloy Color: gold
  • Coin Diameter: 34
  • Coin Thickness: 2,25
  • Coin Edge: serrated, fine
  • City: SAINT JEAN PIED DE PORT
  • Country: France
  • Available: yes
  • Location: SAINT JEAN PIED DE PORT, France