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Marie-Thérèse of Austria, the infanta in Saint-Jean-de-Luz

The house | Jean-Christophe BENOIST / CC-BY
House Marie-Thérèse of Austria Infanta's house in St-Jean-de-Luz

Raised in the beginning of the 17th century, we also known it as Haraneder's house or Joanoënia's house.

Jean Haraneder was a rich ships owner, from an old family from Ciboure (Pyrénées-Atlantiques).

The sir became rich thanks to his whaling ships he sent on Atlantic sea to hunt cetacean.

Ennobled by king Louis XIII, he made himself a nice blazon flanked by a plum-tree (haran means "plum-tree" in Basque and eder "nice") and a sea anchor.

A coat of arms we still can see above the entrance door with the inscription: L’infante je reçus l'an mil six cent soixante, on m'appelle depuis le château de l'infante.

Which means "On 1660 I hosted the Infanta, so my house is known as the Infanta's castle".

The Infanta? Yes, king of Spain Philip IV’s daughter, Maria-Theresa, who was hosted here with her mother-in-law queen of France Ann of Austria, when she came to wed Louis XIV.

The icing on the (wedding) cake? You can visit the house and the infanta’s room, with its painted beams and huge chimneys... A real must-see!

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