Saint-Jean-le-Vieux, Pyrénées-Atlantiques

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Saint-Jean-le-Vieux is located in France
Coordinates: 43°09′57″N 1°11′32″W / 43.1658°N 1.1922°W / 43.1658; -1.1922Coordinates: 43°09′57″N 1°11′32″W / 43.1658°N 1.1922°W / 43.1658; -1.1922
Country France
Region Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Department Pyrénées-Atlantiques
Arrondissement Bayonne
Canton Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port
Intercommunality Garazi-Baïgorri
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Pierre Eyherabide
Area1 12 km2 (5 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 778
 • Density 65/km2 (170/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 64484 /64220
Elevation 171–500 m (561–1,640 ft)
(avg. 235 m or 771 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.

Saint-Jean-le-Vieux (Basque: Donazaharre) is a commune in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department in south-western France.


The town of Saint-Jean-le-Vieux was razed to the ground in 1177 by the troops of Richard the Lionheart after a siege. The Kings of Navarre refounded the town at nearby Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port as the regional capital shortly afterwards. Saint-Jean-le-Vieux was also resettled.

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