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General view of the sanctuaries of Bétharram
General view of the sanctuaries of Bétharram
Coat of arms of Lestelle-Bétharram
Coat of arms
Lestelle-Bétharram is located in France
Coordinates: 43°07′51″N 0°12′30″W / 43.1308°N 0.2083°W / 43.1308; -0.2083Coordinates: 43°07′51″N 0°12′30″W / 43.1308°N 0.2083°W / 43.1308; -0.2083
Country France
Region Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Department Pyrénées-Atlantiques
Arrondissement Pau
Canton Vallées de l'Ousse et du Lagoin
Intercommunality Communauté de communes de la Vath Vielha
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Jean-Marie Berchon
Area1 8.63 km2 (3.33 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 802
 • Density 93/km2 (240/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 64339 /64800
Elevation 278–481 m (912–1,578 ft)
(avg. 294 m or 965 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

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


In 1832, St. Michel Garicoits established the Society of Priests of the Sacred Heart of Betharram.

On 5 July 1940, Carl Einstein, nephew of the famous physicist Albert Einstein, committed suicide here. An anarchist veteran of the Spanish Revolution, he had been interned in France after the Francoist victory. Although he had escaped in the turmoil following the German invasion of France, he chose death as the solution to an impossible situation.[1]

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  1. ^ Lester, David (2005). Suicide and the Holocaust. Nova Publishers. p. 73. ISBN 978-1-59454-427-9.