Lescar

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Lescar
Cathedral
Cathedral
Coat of arms of Lescar
Coat of arms
Location of Lescar
Lescar is located in France
Lescar
Lescar
Lescar is located in Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Lescar
Lescar
Coordinates: 43°20′01″N 0°26′05″W / 43.3336°N 0.4347°W / 43.3336; -0.4347Coordinates: 43°20′01″N 0°26′05″W / 43.3336°N 0.4347°W / 43.3336; -0.4347
CountryFrance
RegionNouvelle-Aquitaine
DepartmentPyrénées-Atlantiques
ArrondissementPau
CantonLescar, Gave et Terres du Pont-Long
IntercommunalityCA Pau Béarn Pyrénées
Government
 • Mayor (2014–2020) Christian Laine
Area
1
27 km2 (10 sq mi)
Population
 (2016-01-01)[1]
10,393
 • Density380/km2 (1,000/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
64335 /64230
Elevation142–203 m (466–666 ft)
(avg. 154 m or 505 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Lescar (Occitan: Lescar) is a commune in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department and Nouvelle-Aquitaine region of south-western France.

Lescar is the site of the Roman city known variously as Benearnum, Beneharnum or Civitas Benarnensium, the location providing the name for the later region of Béarn.[2]

In 841, Benearnum was razed by the Vikings and Morlaàs became the Béarnaise capital. However, from the twelfth century a new city grew up at Lescar. Lescar Cathedral was built during this period, and was the seat of the Diocese of Lescar until 1801.[3] The remains of the last monarchs of all Navarre Queen Catherine I (†1517) and King John III (†1516) lie at the cathedral.

Today, Lescar is primarily a suburb of the nearby town of Pau. The commune of Lescar has joined together with 30 neighbouring communes to establish the Communauté d'agglomération Pau Béarn Pyrénées which provides a framework within which local tasks are carried out together.

Population[edit]

Historical population of Lescar
Year18961901193619541962196819751982199019992006
Population163015541750185521942953416451865793819110,206
From the year 1962 on: No double counting—residents of multiple communes (e.g. students and military personnel) are counted only once.

Twin towns[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Populations légales 2016". INSEE. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  2. ^ "Alphabetical Catalogue of Sites and Peoples of Roman Gaul - Benearnum = Beneharnum / Civ. Benarnensium". University of South Carolina. Retrieved 2008-06-28.
  3. ^ French Atlantic Coast. Michelin Apa Publications Ltd. October 2007. p. 338. ISBN 978-1-906261-17-7.