"Old berets in “exotic” situations" Nay Things to Do Tip by kokoryko

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This time, we go to Oloron Ste Marie, and visit quickly the cathedral, preferably during Christmas season. Oloron deserves a long VT page for itself, but for the beret history we just go to the treasure room of the cathedral. Here is a Nativity crib from the end 17th century (author unknown) where we can see the peasants and shepherds visiting the Messiah, holding respectfully their berets in their hands. This beautiful painted wood sculpture is typically local art and again the beret is there! And in Galilea, the shepherds wore keffiehs or turbans rather than berets! Hahaha.
In other places of Bearn are old paintings in churches or monasteries where the beret is present here or there.

Main picture: A general view of the Nativity crib; this wooden painted sculptures ensemble is about 1.5 m wide. Look at the persons left and right holding the beret in their hands.
Picture 2: The shepherd with the red beret.
Picture 3: The shepherd with the black beret.

Oloron Ste Marie is located south of Pau, and road signs indicate the directions from Pau. If you make a tour in the Aspe valley departing from Pau (or even go to Spain via the Somport pass or tunnel), you go through Oloron. In Oloron, go to the old Cathedral, in the Ste Marie area of the town (South), do not go to the ugly 19th century church, which is unfortunately the easiest to see from far.

Directions: 30 km south west of Pau

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jan 25, 2007
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