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Article ID EUF3097




Beautiful total view of Biarritz.


ca. 1850



Historical Description

Already in the Middle Ages Biarritz was known as a whaling port, the marine mammals appeared in quantities in the Bay of Biscay. The whale fat was used as lamp oil, the huge bones were used to build fences, and the skin was used to make hats or armchairs. Until the middle of the 19th century, Biarritz (in the Middle Ages: Bearrits) was a rather insignificant fishing village. The situation changed when in 1854 Empress Eugénie, a native of Spain and wife of Napoléon III, came to Biarritz for two months and the Emperor then had a residence built for her, which the couple visited regularly during the summer thereafter. The imperial residence is now used as a hotel. These visits made Biarritz known to other royal houses in Europe, and the kings of Belgium, Portugal and Württemberg, English lords and Spanish grandees also came to Biarritz. In the 1960s, the fashionable age of Biarritz, begun by Napoleon and Eugenie, came to an end. During Henry King's filming of his Hemingway adaptation Between Madrid and Paris (original: The Sun Also Rises), screenwriter Peter Viertel and budding producer Dick Zanuck brought surfing to Biarritz. Favored by the waves of the Bay of Biscay, the beaches around Biarritz are among the surfing strongholds of Europe.

Dimensions (cm)18 x 23,5
ConditionPerfect condition


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