Have you heard of Gaston Phoebus? This Bearn hero, Count of Foix and Bearn, is responsible for the transformation of Pau fortress into a castle.
It later became a royal palace where Henry IV was born on December 13, 1553. In October 1620, when the kingdoms of Bearn and Navarre belonged to France, its ceremonial furniture was taken to Paris and the castle was abandoned. It was not until Louis Philippe that this castle was restored. In 1929 it became a national museum dedicated to the life and legend of the reign of Henry IV. Evidence that the myth of the Vert Galant King is still green: it is the most visited heritage museum of the Pyrénées-Atlantiques region.
During your historically rewarding visit, be sure to admire the turtle shell cradle, the portrait of Henry IV as the god Mars, and Jeanne d'Albret's bed. Pure wonders!
Musée National du château de Pau (Pau Castle National Museum)
2, rue du Château
64 000 Pau
+33 (0)5 59 82 38 00