a city in and the capital of Pyrénées-Atlantiques department, in SW France: winter resort. Unabridged


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a department in SW France. 2978 sq. mi. (7710 sq. km). Capital: Pau. Unabridged
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Pau (French po)
a city in SW France: residence of the French kings of Navarre; tourist centre for the Pyrenees. Pop: 78 732 (1999)

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Pyrénées-Atlantiques or Pyrénées (French pirenez-atlɑ̃tik)
Former name: Basses-Pyrénées a department of SW France in Aquitaine region. Capital: Pau. Pop: 614 174 (2003 est). Area: 7712 sq km (3008 sq miles)
Pyrénées or Pyrénées

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Pau definition

(Gen. 36:39) or Pai (1 Chr. 1:50), bleating, an Edomitish city ruled over by Hadar.

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town, capital of Pyrenees-Atlantiques departement, Aquitaine region, southwestern France. The capital of the former province of Bearn, Pau is a spa and winter sports centre. It stands on the edge of a plateau 130 feet (40 m) above the valley of the Pau Stream, which descends from the Pyrenees. The town's boulevard des Pyrenees, more than 1 mile (1.6 km) long, is situated high above the valley and offers a magnificent panoramic view of the mountains. A castle in the town, situated on a spur above the river, was the birthplace (1553) of Henry IV of France, who reigned from 1589 to 1610. It is now a national museum and contains a fine collection of the Gobelins tapestries. The house that was the birthplace (1763) of Marshal Jean Bernadotte, who became Charles XIV of Sweden (1818-44), is also a museum. Pau has shown considerable population growth because of recent industrialization (aeronautical equipment and shoes) and also because of its proximity to the natural gas and chemical-extraction complex at Lacq. The University of Pau and the Pays de l'Adour opened in 1970. Pop. (1982) 82,186.

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