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  Parlement du Navarre
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  • Parlement du Navarre - Pau
      Parlement du Navarre
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  • Fountain in front of the Parlement - Pau
      Fountain in front of the Parlement
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  • Entrance and plaque - Pau
      Entrance and plaque
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  • Le tour de monnaie - Pau
      Le tour de monnaie
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The Parlement du Navarre is an impressive yet somber building that faces the Château de Pau. It is a reminder of not only the Ancien Régime, when France was not structured along the lines of a rigidly centralized Republic, but of further in the past, when Pau was the capital of an independent Kingdom uniting Béarn and Navarre. The somber grey walls and rather plain and simple lines of the building contrast quite well with the Château, although it should be noted that this is the second building constructed on that spot – the first was destroyed by a fire in the 18th century. The Parlement du Navarre was originally constructed in the 1580s and used as a Palais de Justice. It was converted to a Parliament by Louis XIII when Navarre and Béarn were attached to France in 1620. I don’t know that you can actually enter the building and tour its rooms (I didn’t try) but I don’t imagine that there is a lot to see in any case. It is more interesting in the way that it completes the entire scene of the historic centre of Pau and its somber atmosphere contrasting the lush greenery of the gardens and the Pyrenees.

Address: Rue du Château
Directions: Across from the entrance to the Château, up close to the Boulevard des Pyrénées

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  • Written Dec 24, 2008
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