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  Château Neuf from below
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  • Château Neuf from below - Bayonne
      Château Neuf from below
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  • The entrance to the Château - Bayonne
      The entrance to the Château
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  • The steep walls of the Château Neuf - Bayonne
      The steep walls of the Château Neuf
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  • Long hike up to the entrance - Bayonne
      Long hike up to the entrance
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  • Petite Bayonne from the Château - Bayonne
      Petite Bayonne from the Château
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The Château-Neuf is, obviously, the newer version of the Château-Vieux. It sits atop the highest point in Petite Bayonne, in order to provide a look-out over this part of the city, which I don't believe would have been included in the defensive structure of Grande Bayonne (given that the Nive and the Adour separate the two). In the 12th century there were English installements here (since Aquitaine was occupied by the English from the 11th to the 14th centuries), but they were destroyed. In the 15th century, Charles IV had a new castle built where the English one had been, which is now the Château-Neuf. The buildings themselves are quite impressive and provide good opportunities for taking pictures and the like, but I'm not sure that there is much to do in them. When I walked up to the gate, everything on the inside of the walls was under construction. It appears that the University is planning to house its information centre here, so everything has been ripped up and caged off. Still, it is worth it to hike up and take a look, if only for the great views and pictures of Petite Bayonne that you will be able to get by making it to the gate.

Address: Rue de l'Arsenal
Directions: In Petite Bayonne, about 4-5 blocks east of the Nive

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  • Written Jan 2, 2009
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