A couple hundred meters from the Atlantic ocean front, it’s quite small for a royal wedding: the Church of Saint Jean de Luz. In fact, the size led to a few protocol disputes amongst Louis XIV’s entourage, and I would not have wanted the wedding planner job..in June 1660!
I just wanted to share with you a few pics I took there yesterday: I have to agree with my 7 year old son when he walked in :” wouaouw, Mom, way too much gold” , but look up, I love the colors, and the suspended boat and chandeliers!
“Saint-Jean-de-Luz is known for its royal wedding connection. In 1659, Cardinal Mazarin spent several months in Saint-Jean-de-Luz, from where he would embark on almost daily trips to the island of Bidassoa (near modern-day Hendaye) for Franco-Spanish meetings that resulted in the Treaty of the Pyrénées-Atlantiques, one clause of which was the marriage of Louis XIV to Maria Theresa, the Infanta of Spain. Saint-Jean-de-Luz and its church were chosen to host the royal wedding on 9 June 1660.”
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