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Pau



Introduction of Pau
Tourist center, city, and capital of Pyrenees-Atlantiquesdepartment, on the Gave de Pau, 109 mi S ofBordeaux, SW France. Founded by the viscounts ofBearn in the 11th century a.d., it became their capitalin the 15th century and the royal residence ofNavarre after 1512. It was a center of learning in the16th century. Henry IV was born here in 1553. Thereis a 12th-century castle here. Charles XIV, Bernadotte,of Sweden was born in the city in 1763.Tourist center, city, and capital of Pyrenees-Atlantiquesdepartment, on the Gave de Pau, 109 mi S ofBordeaux, SW France. Founded by the viscounts ofBearn in the 11th century a.d., it became their capitalin the 15th century and the royal residence ofNavarre after 1512. It was a center of learning in the16th century. Henry IV was born here in 1553. Thereis a 12th-century castle here. Charles XIV, Bernadotte,of Sweden was born in the city in 1763.