A rainbow above the village
|Intercommunality||Sud Pays Basque|
|• Mayor (2011–2008)||Philippe Elissalde|
|• Land1||11 km2 (4 sq mi)|
|• Population2 density||150/km2 (400/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||64009 / 64210|
|Elevation||7–100 m (23–328 ft)
(avg. 25 m or 82 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.
The inhabitants of the commune are known as Aheztars
- 1 Geography
- 2 Toponymy
- 3 History
- 4 Administration
- 5 Demography
- 6 Economy
- 7 Culture and heritage
- 8 Facilities
- 9 Notable People linked to the commune
- 10 See also
- 11 Notes and references
- 12 External links
Ahetze village is at the intersection of departmental roads D655 from Arbonne to Bidart and D855 from Saint-Pee-sur-Nivelle to Saint-Jean-de-Luz. The commune can be accessed from Exit 4 (Biarritz La Négresse) and Exit 3 (Saint-Jean-de-Luz nord) from the A63 autoroute.
The Biarritz–Anglet–Bayonne Airport is fifteen minutes drive from the village.
Located in the watershed of the Adour, the commune is traversed by a tributary of the coastal river Uhabia: the Zirikolatzeko erreka and its tributaries, the streams: Amisolako, Uroneko, and Besaingo as well as the Pemartiko erreka - a tributary of the Besaingo.
Paul Raymond also stated in his Topographical dictionary of Bearn-Basque Country in 1863 that a tributary of the Alborga: the Haïstéchéhé flows through Ahetze after rising in Saint-Pee-sur-Nivelle.
- Belhardiko Errota
- Larrunta or Larruntaldea
The name Ahetze has appeared in the following forms:
- Ahece (1083)
- Ahese and Aheze (1170 for both forms)
- de hetsa (1249)
- Villa quœ dicitur Ahece and Aheze (13th century, Cartulaire of Bayonne)
- Ahetce (1302, Chapter of Bayonne)
In Basque the commune name is Ahetze.
Jean-Baptiste Orpustan suggested that Ahetze comes from aiz meaning "stone" and by extension "upper rock".
The Amisolako erreka is mentioned by Paul Raymond as Amisola. The same dictionary cites the hamlet of Ouhas-Aldéa.
In the Middle Ages the Compostela pilgrims who chose the passage along the Atlantic coast passed near Ahetze, Ibarron and the hospital (Ospitale Zaharra) in Sare. Others preferred to fork through part of Ahetze to reach the chapel Saint-Jacques of Serres and also visit Vera by passing by Olhette and the Ibardin Pass.
List of Successive Mayors of Ahetze
|1957||1971||Élie Charles Philippe Marie d'Elbée|
|2008||2011||Jean d'Elbée||Oceanographer & Biologist|
|2011||2014||Philippe Elissade||School Teacher, Director|
(Not all data is known)
Ahetze is a member of 8 Intercommunal organisations:
- the Agglomeration of 'Sud Pays Basque
- the union of Ouhabia
- the intercommunal association of secondary schools of Saint-Jean-de-Luz
- the intercommunal association Nive-Nivelle
- the mixed association of Bizi Garbia
- the association to support Basque culture
- the joint association for drinking water from the Ura
- the joint sanitation association of the Ura
The commune is a member of the Basque Eurocity Bayonne - San Sebastian.
In 2009, the commune had 1,697 inhabitants. The evolution of the number of inhabitants is known through the population censuses conducted in the commune since 1793. From the 21st century, a census of communes with fewer than 10,000 inhabitants is held every five years, unlike larger towns that have a sample survey every year.[Note 1]
The commune is part of the urban area of Bayonne.
The 2006 classification by INSEE indicated the median household incomes for each commune with more than 50 households (30,687 communes out of 36,681 communes identified) classed Ahetze at the rank of 7,693 with an average income of €17,944.
The flea market takes place every third Sunday of the month and regularly attracts lovers of antiques from the Paris region, to the Spanish communes all around and contributes to the economic revitalization of the village which has mainly agricultural activity.
Culture and heritage
During the period 2001-2008, Ahetze adjusted its profile as a rural village to take into account the growing demand for real estate in this region near the Atlantic coast. Several real estate development projects are underway, including the village, in the area subject to the approval of the Architects of buildings of France.
Established in 1971, the Committee of Festivals of Ahetze (Ahetzeko Mozkor Banda) organises the following events: wheat threshing, dance evenings, a gala of Basque rural sports, loto, and employers' festivals that take place between 25 October and 11 November.
The Ostalapia farm, now a restaurant, is a former way station on the road to Saint Jacques de Compostela and long before was a haven for the Guethariars and Bidartars when they were attacked by pirates from the ocean or by robbers; in the parking lot some boulders once used for walls can still be seen.
Ahetze has old Baserri dating from the 17th and 18th centuries, some of which have been extended over time. New construction follows the Labourdin style.
Modern Baserri (late 20th century)
The Church of St. Martin, a way point on the road to Saint Jacques de Compostela, was built in the 16th century. It has a wooden statue of Saint Jacques dressed as a pilgrim dating from the 18th century, a wooden statue dating from the 18th century, depicting the Virgin of the Assumption, an altarpiece from the 18th century, and a processional cross dating from the 15th century. This cross, whose arms are garnished with bells, was used in witchcraft trials in the year 1609 to the outrage of Councilor Lancre who saw it as an evil object.
On the heights of Ahetze all the Basque mountains near the Atlantic are visible: the Rhune, the Mondarrain, the Artzamendi, and the Ursuia in France as well as the Three Crowns in Spain.
Sports and sports facilities
Ahetze has two Frontons, one is old and built into the wall of the town hall, a second was completed in 2008 as part of the new development of the town.
A Trinquet called Pantxoa Sein is next to the primary school.
A marked fitness trail runs through the south-east of the village.
Ahetze has a primary school and a nursery.
Ahetze has several health services: a general practitioner, a dentist, a nurse, a physiotherapist, and a speech therapist.
- Mattin Treku, born on 11 November 1916 in Ahetze and died on 22 July 1981 in the same commune, was a Bertsolari (singer of bertso) renowned in French Basque Country.
- Morton H. Levine, born in California and died in 1982, was a North American Anthropologist who, during the 1960s, conducted the first research that highlighted specific Basque haematology with the entire population of the villages of Macaye and Ahetze. These studies put in evidence in relation to the surrounding population the high frequency of blood group O and Rh negative and the particularities of distribution of Gm antigens and HL-A.
- Communes of the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department
- Communes of the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department
- Arrondissements of the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department
Notes and references
- At the beginning of the 21st century, the methods of identification have been modified by law No. 2002-276 of 27 February 2002 , the so-called "law of local democracy" and in particular Title V "census operations" which allow, after a transitional period running from 2004 to 2008, the annual publication of the legal population of the different French administrative districts. For municipalities with a population greater than 10,000 inhabitants, a sample survey is conducted annually, the entire territory of these municipalities is taken into account at the end of the period of five years. The first "legal population" after 1999 under this new law came into force in 1 January 2009 and was based on the census of 2006.
- Piarres Erdozaintzi is a sculptor born in 1957, resident in Saint-Just-Ibarre - Source: Harria et herria, Pierre et pays, Bulletin du Musée basque, 2003 (French)
- Inhabitants of Pyrénées-Atlantiques (French)
- SANDRE Notice for Ahetze (French)
- Paul Raymond, Topographic Dictionary of Béarn-Pays basque (French)
- Géoportail, Géoportail - National Institute of Geographic and Forestry Information (IGN), consulted on 14 October 2011 (French)
- Google Maps
- Jean-Baptiste Orpustan, New Basque Toponymy, Presses universitaires de Bordeaux, 2006, ISBN 2 86781 396 4, (French)
- Cartulaire de Bayonne or Book of Gold - Manuscript of the 14th century - Departmental Archives of Pyrénées-Atlantiques (French)
- Chapter of Bayonne - Departmental Archives of Pyrénées-Atlantiques (French)
- Philippe Veyrin, The Basques, Arthaud, 1975, ISBN 2 7003 0038 6, page 53. (French)
- Guy Ascarat
- At a council meeting on 21 September 2011, Mayor Jean d'Elbee, noting a blockage of the decision-making process, called for the resignation of the entire council. After two rounds of municipal elections on 20 and 27 November 2011 Philippe Elissalde was elected mayor
- Count rendered by the Municipal Council on 21 September 2011 (French)
- Intercommunalities of Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Préfecture 64, consulted on 9 November 2011 (French)
- Statistical Summary by commune, department, and employment sector, INSEE, consulted on 9 September 2009 (French)
- The area centred on the Church of Saint-Martin is classed as a historical monument
- Another Hilarri from Ahetze is displayed in the Bayonne Basque History Museum.
- French Ministry of Culture Notice PA00084305 Church of Saint Martin (French)
- French Ministry of Culture Notice PM64000730 Statue of Saint Jacques (French)
- French Ministry of Culture Notice PM64000731 Virgin of the assumption (French)
- French Ministry of Culture Notice PM64000023 Altarpiece of the Church of Saint Martin (French)
- French Ministry of Culture Notice PM64000022 Processional Cross (French)
- Philippe Veyrin, The Basques, Arthaud, 1975, ISBN 2 7003 0038 6, page 303. (French)
- Mattin Treku et Xalbador en prestation
- Encyclopedia Auñamendi (Spanish)
- Claude Dendaletche, The Basque Archipelago, Éditions Privat - Cahors, 2005, ISBN 2 7089 5619 1, page 133 (French)
- The results of these studies were published in 1967 (The Basques Natural History, New York, J. Dausset, L. Legrand, M. H. Levine M. H., J. C. Quilice, M. Colombani, J. Ruffié), 1972 (Genetic Structure and Distribution of HL-A Antigens in a Basque village, in "Histocompatibility Testing", Copenhague, J. Ruffie, M. H. Levine, M. Blanc, P. Richard), 1972 (A New lmmunoglobulin haplotype Gm (-1, -17, 21) in a Kurdish isolate and in a French Basque village, M. H. Levine, J. Ruffie, H. Darrasse) and in 1973 (Basque Isolation: I A Hemaypological Survey of Basque Villages)
- Ahetze in the Bernardo Estornés Lasa - Auñamendi Encyclopedia (Euskomedia Fundazioa) (Spanish)
- INSEE commune file
- Official website for Ahetze (French)
- 25 photos of Ahetze (French)
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