Lestelle-Bétharram

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Lestelle-Bétharram
General view of the sanctuaries of Bétharram
General view of the sanctuaries of Bétharram
Coat of arms of Lestelle-Bétharram
Coat of arms
Location of Lestelle-Bétharram
Lestelle-Bétharram is located in France
Lestelle-Bétharram
Lestelle-Bétharram
Lestelle-Bétharram is located in Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Lestelle-Bétharram
Lestelle-Bétharram
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
CountryFrance
RegionNouvelle-Aquitaine
DepartmentPyrénées-Atlantiques
ArrondissementPau
CantonVallées de l'Ousse et du Lagoin
IntercommunalityCommunauté de communes de la Vath Vielha
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Jean-Marie Berchon
Area
1
8.63 km2 (3.33 sq mi)
Population
 (2016-01-01)[1]
966
 • Density110/km2 (290/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
64339 /64800
Elevation278–481 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.

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

History[edit]

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 Civil War, he had been interned in France after the rebel Nationalist victory. Although he had escaped in the turmoil following the German invasion of France, he chose death as the solution to an impossible situation.[2]

Bétharram near 1840, by Eugène de Malbos.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Populations légales 2016". INSEE. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  2. ^ Lester, David (2005). Suicide and the Holocaust. Nova Publishers. p. 73. ISBN 978-1-59454-427-9.