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Coordinates: 43°14′34″N 1°17′01″W / 43.2427777778°N 1.28361111111°W / 43.2427777778; -1.28361111111

Commune of Ossès

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Road to Ossès
Location
Ossès is located in France
Ossès
Administration
Country France
Region Aquitaine
Department Pyrénées-Atlantiques
Arrondissement Bayonne
Canton Saint-Étienne-de-Baïgorry
Intercommunality Garazi-Baïgorri
Mayor Martin Elgue
(2001–2008)
Statistics
Elevation 101–892 m (330–2,930 ft)
(avg. 282 m/930 ft)
Land area1 42 km2 (16 sq mi)
Population2 804  (2006)
 - Density 19 /km2 (49 /sq mi)
Miscellaneous
INSEE/Postal code 64436/ 64780
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (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.

Ossès (Basque: Ortzaize) is a commune in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department in south-western France.

It lies in the traditional Basque province of Lower Navarre.

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Geography

Ossès is located 13 kilometres (8 mi) north-west of Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, in the foothills of the Pyrenees. It is surrounded by low hills in the Ossès valley, a part of the valley of the river Nive, home of the pottok, the wild Basque horse. The surrounding countryside is considered very beautiful, with several trails, long-distance walks and picnic sites. The air was described as coming 'straight from heaven' by a local poet.

Basque house
Church in the center of the village
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Neighboring communes

History

The village was under the authority of the Dukes of Gascogne, then of Aquitaine, but was passed to the Kingdom of Navarre with the marriage of Princess Berengaria of Navarre, daughter of King Sancho the Wise, to Richard the Lionheart in 1191.

Ossès had the status of a canton but lost this after the French Revolution.

Sights

The village has a splendid sixteenth century church, St-Julien, with a unique heptagonal tower, a famous altarpiece and a pelota fronton forming one of its walls. The graveyard has a small number of stone Basque crosses. There are several traditional Basque houses around the square, characterised by their pink sandstone lintels and half-timbers, including the 1628 Maison Sastriarena, where the Bishops of Bayonne were entertained, and the Maison Harizmendi, where the prelate who married Louis XIV and Maria Theresa stayed in 1660 on his way to the wedding party. The old laundry building has also been preserved.

Economy

The well-known Irouléguy wine and Ossau-Iraty cheese are produced in the area, with tourism, crafts and agriculture key parts of the local economy.

Transportation

Ossès-Saint-Martin-d'Arrossa is a station on the railway line between Bayonne and Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port with several services each day. It is 1 km (0.62 mi) from the village. A bus to Saint-Étienne-de-Baïgorry connects with the rail service.

Village festival

The village festival

The village festival is on the last Sunday in August.

See also

References

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