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Coordinates: 43¬į20‚Ä≤48‚Ä≥N 1¬į37‚Ä≤12‚Ä≥WÔĽŅ / ÔĽŅ43.3466666667¬įN 1.62¬įWÔĽŅ / 43.3466666667; -1.62

Commune of Ascain

Location
Ascain is located in France
Ascain
Administration
Country France
Region Aquitaine
Department Pyrénées-Atlantiques
Arrondissement Bayonne
Canton Saint-Jean-de-Luz
Intercommunality Communauté de communes du Sud Pays Basque
Mayor Jean-Louis Laduche
(2008‚Äď2014)
Statistics
Elevation 5‚Äď883 m (16‚Äď2,900 ft)
(avg. 52 m/170 ft)
Land area1 19.27 km2 (7.44 sq mi)
Population2 3,598  (2006)
 - Density 187 /km2 (480 /sq mi)
Miscellaneous
INSEE/Postal code 64065/ 64310
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km¬≤ (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.
2 Population sans doubles comptes: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.
A house in Ascain

Ascain (Basque Azkaine) is a village in the traditional Basque province of Labourd, now a commune in the Pyr√©n√©es-Atlantiques department in south-western France. It is located 7 km (4.3 mi) to the east of Saint-Jean-de-Luz and the Atlantic Ocean, in the western foothills of the Pyrenees.

The summit of La Rhune, a mountain iconic of the Basque country, is situated approximately 4 km (2.5 mi) to the south of the village. The summit can be reached by the Petit train de la Rhune, which commences from the Col de Saint-Ignace, 3.3 km (2.1 mi) to the east of the village on the D4 road to Sare.

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Some historical excerpts on Ascain village

Bishop of Bayonne, Jean VI de Sossiondo built a big and confortable house, "Askunda", here during the middle of the XVI Century, still to be seen.

Notary Martin Chourio was a syndic from Ascain at the some 56 villages represented at the Biltzar organization for the Labourd area around 1653. See for this Old Basque Organization:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biltzar

http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biltzar

The witches, witchcraft and witch-hunting investigated by the Justice at Bordeaux in 1609 by Pierre de Lancre led to the parish priest of Ascain to be burned at the stake publicily.

Ascain was also one of the French Basque villages in the 1793-1794 list by French Republicans with a "disgraceful" behavior, many of the inhabitants being thus deported as prisoniers to other places, mainly Capbreton.

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Simple English

Ascain is a commune of the Pyrénées-Atlantiques département in the southwestern part of France.


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