Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste, Saint-Jean-de-Luz

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Though appearing simple from the outside, Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste features a gilded wooden altarpiece that's so intricately carved, it's been declared a historic monument in its own right. King Louis XIV also married the Infanta Maria Theresa of Spain here, making the church a national historic monument, too. Wander through the church, parts of which date back to the 15th century, to see the many carvings. The altarpiece alone includes statues of 18 saints and representations of the Holy Spirit and God. With our online itinerary creator, Saint-Jean-de-Luz attractions like Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Definitely worth a visit as you wander past on a shopping trip, and worth more time if you're doing the tourist thing. Lovely ship hanging from the ceiling, and balconies all around the inside. 
    Definitely worth a visit as you wander past on a shopping trip, and worth more time if you're doing the tourist thing. Lovely ship hanging from the ceiling, and balconies all around the inside.  more »
  • This was a beautiful church where I believe Louis IV married Marie Therese of Spain. Lovely and quiet and the vestry was all gold and beautifully decorated. 
    This was a beautiful church where I believe Louis IV married Marie Therese of Spain. Lovely and quiet and the vestry was all gold and beautifully decorated.  more »
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  • The Church of John the Baptist (Saint- Jean-Baptiste), where June 9, 1660 Louis XIV, king of France and Navarra, (grandson of Henry IV) married Mary Theresa of Spain. This is the largest temple in the Basque part of France. It's a very exciting feeling to study history in this way
  • An amazing cathedral with such a long history. I could never have imagined that the Roi Soleil himself would have his marriage here in a remote little town so far from the centre of France.

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