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Coordinates: 43¬į20‚Ä≤01‚Ä≥N 0¬į26‚Ä≤05‚Ä≥WÔĽŅ / ÔĽŅ43.3336111111¬įN 0.434722222222¬įWÔĽŅ / 43.3336111111; -0.434722222222

Commune of Lescar

Lescar is located in France
Country France
Region Aquitaine
Department Pyrénées-Atlantiques
Arrondissement Pau
Canton Lescar
Intercommunality Pau-Pyrénées
Mayor René Claverie
Elevation 142‚Äď203 m (470‚Äď670 ft)
(avg. 154 m/510 ft)
Land area1 27 km2 (10 sq mi)
Population2 10,206  (2006)
 - Density 378 /km2 (980 /sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 64335/ 64230
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km¬≤ (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.
2 Population sans doubles comptes: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Lescar is a commune in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department in south-western France.

Lescar is the site of the Roman city known variously as Benearnum, Beneharnum or Civitas Benarnensium. This was the original capital, and origin of the name, of the ancient province of Béarn.[1]

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.[2]

Today, Lescar is primarily a suburb of the nearby town of Pau. The commune of Lescar has joined together with 13 neighbouring communes to establish the intercommmunality of Pau-Pyrénées which provides a framework within which local tasks are carried out together.



Population history
1896 1901 1936 1954 1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006
1630 1554 1750 1855 2194 2953 4164 5186 5793 8191 10,206
Starting in 1962: Population without duplicates

Twin towns

See also


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

Simple English

Lescar is a commune of the Pyrénées-Atlantiques département in the southwestern part of France.


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