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Labastide-d'Armagnac, sometimes spelled La Bastide d'Armagnac is a village and commune in south-west France in the département of Landes, in the region of Aquitaine. It is located in the ancient province of Gascogne (Gascony).

It was was founded in 1291 by Count Bernard VI Armagnac1 as Bolonia with the authorisation of the King of England, Edward the First.

Its urban form reflects that of many of the new towns founded in the south of France in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries during the Hundred Years War, both by the kings of England and local French Lords.

The streets and alleys form a checkerboard converging onto a large rectangular square with arcades, the Place Royale (or Royal Square) seen here. A remarkable Romanesque church dating from the twelfth century with a massive tower (dating from the fifteenth century) and the town hall occupy one of its sides.

Today it is regarded as one the most picturesque bastides in Landes. King Henry IV of France (1553 - 1610) liked to visit here where he lived in a house overlooking the Place Royale. It is this square that is thought to have inspired the creation of the Place des Vosges in Paris.

Extracted and freely translated from an article on French Wikipedea.

On the day we visited there was a large second-hand market or brocante in progress,

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