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Old September 22nd, 2012, 01:18 AM   #1
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Euskal Herria

Pays basque | País Vasco | Bascoat | Basque Country



Euskal Herria is the name for the territory that spans at both sides of the western Pyrenees and that is inhabited by the Basque people, one of the oldest nations in Europe. "Euskal Herria" is frequently translated as Basque Country, but the expression can also be translated as "Basque territory", "Basque homeland" or "Basque land", the latter two preferred when avoiding political connotations and referring exclusively to the cultural region inhabited by the Basque people.



The term "Euskal Herria" appears for the first time on a manuscript from the year 1564 and since then it has been used to refer to the land inhabited by the Basque people, descendants of an Aquitanian tribe, the Vascones who, along with the Basque language, originated in modern day Navarre, and inhabited the region before the arrival of the Romans. The western regions were anciently inhabited by Celtic tribes - who were eventually absorbed by the Vascones, while the eastern regions (present-day France) were inhabited by other Aquitanian tribes. The exact original "Basque language territory" is inexact and has had several political configurations since the Roman arrival until present times, including the Duchy of Vasconia, or Wasconia (term which eventually evolved into Gascony), the Kingdom of Navarre and the Kingdom of Castile.


In present-day, the Basque cultural homeland (known as País Vasco in Spanish, Pays basque in French and Bascoat in Occitan) is administratively divided between the countries of Spain and France in:

- The Autonomous Community of the Basque Country (compounded by the provinces of Bizkaia, Gipuzkoa and Araba/Álava), in Spain.
- The Foral Community of Navarre (known just as Navarre or Nafarroa or Nafarroa Garaia (Higher Navarre)), in Spain.
- The Pays basque or Côte basque (compounded by the historical provinces or traditional provinces of Lapurdi, Nafarroa Beherea (or Lower Navarre) and Zuberoa/Xiberoa), part of the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department, in the Aquitaine region, in France.

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The Old Tree of Gernika, Gernika (Bizkaia)
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L'arbre Vell de Gernika ("El árbol viejo de Gernika", "The Old Tree of Gernika&quot por Bilbopolit, en Flickr

"Baserri", traditional farm architecture, Etxarri (Navarre)
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Valle de Larraun por caravinagre, en Flickr

Basque architecture, Ainhoa (Lapurdi)
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Ainhoa por maruta26, en Flickr
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Old September 22nd, 2012, 01:39 AM   #2
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Bera (Nafarroa/Navarre)

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Bera/Vera de Bidassoa, Navarre, Espagne. por byb64, en Flickr

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Bera/Vera de Bidassoa, Navarre, Espagne. por byb64, en Flickr

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Bera con cielo de tormenta. por no sabemos cómo llamarnos, en Flickr

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Altzate, Bera por steve hards, en Flickr


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Sara/Sare (Lapurdi)

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Sare, France 30279 por hdes.copeland, en Flickr

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Sare, France 30285 por hdes.copeland, en Flickr

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Sare, France 30282 por hdes.copeland, en Flickr


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Hondarribia (Gipuzkoa)

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Hondarribia (3) por calafellvalo, en Flickr

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Hondarribia (4) por calafellvalo, en Flickr

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Hondarribia:alde zaharra por postaria, en Flickr


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Old September 22nd, 2012, 02:32 AM   #5
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Great pictures! It's look likes an interesting mini country to discover.
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Fantastic land, with a strong character!
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Agurra to the oldest people of Europe! Expecting more beautiful pictures!
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beautiful and lovely images from the Basque Country....
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Thanks for your comments.

Reserve of the Biosphere Urdaibai - Province of Bizkaia
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aerea - urdaibai por iromanfotografia.com (Iñaki Román), en Flickr

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Urdaibai Estuary por Aitor GarcÃ*a Viñas - agvinas, en Flickr

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Urdaibai por a.panico, en Flickr

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Urdaibai Biosfera Erreserba por jesus Mari Uribe, en Flickr

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Basque landscape in Lapurdi
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Lapurdi por dynamosquito, en Flickr

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Unique people/culture with great food....
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Church of Saint Jean Baptiste, Maule-Lextarre (eu) / Mauléon-Licharre (fr) - Region of Zuberoa/Xiberoa
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France, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Mauléon-Licharre por jpazam, en Flickr

General view of Maule-Lextarre (eu) / Mauléon-Licharre (fr) - Region of Zuberoa/Xiberoa
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Mauléon-Licharre por twiga_swala, en Flickr

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Donibane Garazi (eu) / Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port (fr), historical capital city of the Lower Navarre - Region of Nafarroa Beherea
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Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port por Rom1T, en Flickr



Camino de Santiago, San Juan Pie de Puerto
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Coat of arms of Navarre in the town hall
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San Juan de Pie de Puerto, Francia por Rufino Lasaosa, en Flickr

Cultural heritage
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France, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port por jpazam, en Flickr

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Overview of Guardia (eu) / Laguardia (es) and its vineyards, southern Basque Country - Region of Araba/Álava
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Laguardia ( Alava ) por KOBA TOURS, en Flickr

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Green landscape in Atxondo - Region of Bizkaia
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Algo de viento por Atxondo por eitbcom, en Flickr

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Fort of Maule-Lextarre (eu) / Mauléon-Licharre (fr) - Region of Zuberoa/Xiberoa
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CHATEAU-FORT DE MAULEON por Ikerzaleak, en Flickr


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Orhi (eu) / Pic d'Orhy (fr), Basque Pyrenees, natural border between Higher Navarre and Zuberoa
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Le pic d'Arlas et le pic d'Orhy por PhotoSophil, en Flickr

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Altzai-Altzabeheti-Zunharreta (eu) / Alçay-Alçabéhéty-Sunharette (fr) - Region of Zuberoa/Xiberoa
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Alçay-Alçabéhéty-Sunharette : "Alçabéhéty" por Vincent Poudampa, en Flickr

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Alçay-Alçabéhéty-Sunharette : "Sunharette" por Vincent Poudampa, en Flickr

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Alçabéhéty : "Elichegaray" por Vincent Poudampa, en Flickr

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Tower of Etxaburu, Basque medieval architecture - Region of Bizkaia
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Lanscape in Araba (eu) / Álava (es)
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