This multimedia tour will guide you through an exploration of the cultural heritage of Pau’s historic centre using videos and audio commentary. These will lead you on a chronological tour from the birth of a medieval market town around the castle to the construction of the Boulevard des Pyrénées and the city’s transformation in the 19th and 20th centuries, designed as a balcony looking onto the Pyrenees mountains.
From the castle gardens to the villa parks that are now public, Pau has a number of green spaces that were designed for walking and are planted with rare varieties and hundred-year-old trees. In this clip, discover this particular feature of the city that is at the heart of its identity.
Here you are in front of the seat of the former Parliament of Navarre. This is an opportunity to understand the purpose of this institution, which was established during the reign of Louis XIII after Béarn and Lower Navarre were incorporated into the French Crown.
You are standing in front of the birthplace of Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte, a Pau native destined for an extraordinary future. Having started life simply as the son of a magistrate, he went on to become King of Sweden after a swift ascent through the ranks of Napoleon’s army. Listen to his incredible story!
In this video, admire all the hidden charms of this former entertainment and performance space from the 19th century that was converted into a town hall. Make a note to look at the very beautiful boardroom, formerly the ballroom, and also the Italian-style theatre, which still holds performances.
This 19th-century church is a work of art in every respect and was entirely designed by the architect Emile Boeswillwald, including the internal decorations in their gleaming colours. In this video, we will tell you all about this structure, which is worth visiting in person.
The grand hotels and luxurious villas in Pau are the legacy of a century as a resort town, when the city was hugely successful as a favourite destination for a cosmopolitan, high-society clientele. This clip will transport you back to this era, which transformed the city.
At the bottom of the square runs a canal, on which a lock and an old mill can still be seen. These are evidence of the industrial activity around which the lower level of the city of Pau developed, around the Tour de la Monnaie tower. Listen to the story, which takes you back to the 16th century.
From where you are standing now, you can see the structure of the Boulevard des Pyrénées. This long promenade actually sits on a viaduct that was built in 1900 against the rock face. In this video, discover what lies beneath this iconic balcony over the city!