• Each building of Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port reminds the visitor of past times. From the Citadel, Ramparts, “Maison des Etats de Navarre”, gothic Church to the House of Mansart – all old age time stones. Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port is an ancient gothic town. The Bishops’ Prison is lesser legal protection than listed building status.

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Why not explore this building, with its fascinating and unusual past? Even today, an aura of mystery surrounds this evocatively-named place, enabling us to really give free rein to our imagination. Its current, more recent name blends two different historical elements, the town’s role as the Episcopal see of the Bishops of the Diocese of Bayonne during the Western Schism, and its role as a prison, as recorded at the end of the 18th century. The entrance way opens out onto a guardhouse, followed by the punishment cells. A narrow staircase leads to an enormous underground medieval-era rib-vaulted room. An exhibition on the pilgrimage to Santiago is currently being held here, giving you a chance to whisk yourself back to the Middle Ages and to see that ever since those far-off times, the town of Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port has been and remains a wonderfully welcoming stop-over along the St James’ Way.

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