Sites & cities that bear the name of Lescar


Today in : France
First trace of activity : ca. 1st century B.C.E
Last trace of activity : today
Recorded names : Benearnum, Beneharnum, Civitas Benarnensium, Benarnus, Benarna, Benarnum, Ecclesiola Beati Joannis-Baptistœ, Lascurris, Laschurris, Alescar, Laschar, Diœcesis Lascurcensis, Lascaa, Lascar, Lesca, Lasca

Description : 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. 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. The remains of the last monarchs of all Navarre Queen Catherine I (†1517) and King John III (†1516) lie at the cathedral.

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