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Coat of arms of Lescar
Coat of arms
Lescar is located in France
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
Country France
Region Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Department Pyrénées-Atlantiques
Arrondissement Pau
Canton Lescar, Gave et Terres du Pont-Long
Intercommunality CA Pau Béarn Pyrénées
 • Mayor (2014–2020) Christian Laine
Area1 27 km2 (10 sq mi)
Population (2013)2 9,993
 • Density 370/km2 (960/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 64335 /64230
Elevation 142–203 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.

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

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.[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] 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.


Historical population of Lescar
Year 1896 1901 1936 1954 1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006
Population 1630 1554 1750 1855 2194 2953 4164 5186 5793 8191 10,206
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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  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.