Lucq de Béarn Abbey

Lucq-de-Béarn, France

The town of Lucq-de-Béarn developed in the tenth century around the Abbey of Saint Vincent, founded around 970 AD. It has a great reputation at the end of the thirteenth century by hosting several times the King of England Edward I and part of his court came to settle a conflict between the kings of France and Aragon. This charming little medieval village has also suffered religious wars which it will be very difficult to recover.

St Vincent church is in Romanesque-Gothic style church built between 12th and 16th centuries. The bell-tower entrance and its door in basket weave patterns and the doorway which dates from the 16th century invite you to enter the church.

There is a fifth century sarcophagus in the church. Sculpted entirely  from white marble it was discovered  in the 19th century under the church floor-tiles and now serves as the altar. Capitals sculpted in the 12th century stand side-by-side with altarpieces, pictures and paintings from the 17th and 18th centuries.

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Founded: c. 970 AD
Category: Religious sites in France
Historical period: Frankish kingdoms (France)

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Franciane Vollaud (3 years ago)
Pretty architecture of the castle in a superb village
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