Amaiur-Maya

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Maya

Amaiur
village
Amaiur/Maya
Amaiur/Maya
Entrance to Maya
Maya is located in Navarre
Maya
Maya
Maya is located in Spain
Maya
Maya
Coordinates: 43°12′00″N 1°28′50″W / 43.1999682°N 1.4804353°W / 43.1999682; -1.4804353
MunicipalityBaztán

Amaiur-Maya (Basque: Amaiur; Spanish: Maya de Baztán; officially: Amaiur-Maya)[1] is a village in the municipality of Baztan in the autonomous region of Navarre in Spain. It is situated in the Pyrenees mountain range close to the border with France.

History[edit]

The fortress of Amaiur, sitting on a hill by the village, was one of the key medieval strongholds of the Kingdom of Navarre. It was one of the few fortresses in Navarre making a stand against the Castilian invasion of 1512, once they had taken over Pamplona. It bore witness to frequent battles between the combined French-Navarrese and the Spanish imperial forces (Ferdinand the Catholic, Charles V), with the most famous being the Battle of Amaiur (Maya) in 1522, the last Navarrese stronghold to resist the Spanish (Castilian-Aragonese) push.

The Battle of Maya (25 July 1813) was fought by French and British forces during the Peninsular War, in the Maya Pass close to the village.

Panoramic view of Maya.
Panoramic view of the village of Maya from the hill where the castle ruins are located.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Euskal Herriko leku-izenak: Noiz eguneratua: 2017-12-26" (PDF), The Royal Academy of the Basque Language (in Basque), retrieved 20 December 2014