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ⓘ Luzaide/Valcarlos




Luzaide/Valcarlos
                                     

ⓘ Luzaide/Valcarlos

Luzaide is a Basque town in Navarre, northern Spain, located on the French border and just a few kilometers from the road frontier in the french village of Arneguy.

Tradition holds that this is the valley where Charlemagnes rearguard under the command of Roland, was slaughtered Vascons at the battle of Roncevaux pass in 778. Tradition holds that Charlemagnes troops were returning across the Pyrenees and became very thin. In Vascons, unhappy with the Franks, fell upon the rear guard and killed him. Roland sounded his horn but it was in vain as his horn was split on the rock near Roncesvalles and he was slain together with his power. This battle at Valcarlos would be Charlemagnes worse, and some say only, defeat in Iberia.

Todays Luzaide is a conglomeration of historical villas and farms. The family homes are traditional with a lot of white facades and family crest or coat of arms on the exterior. Many of the local landowners, such as owners Curutzezahar, a family home one kilometer up the hillside from the village center, have turned their homes into bed-and-Breakfast in the hotel style for the growing rural tourism in the Basque Country. Historically, families would be less associated with the city in which they lived and the house in which they were raised. Thus, using the prior home name, Curutzezaharreko will designate the one who is out of the house Curutzezahar. At the local cemetery shows that regional nomenclature on many headstones.

The city is located on Saint James way or Camino Frances pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela in Galicia. There are two paths through the region, one of which passes through the city. There is a modern monument of the pilgrimage roads near the city hall, representing the recumbent pilgrim. According to local residents, who make no apologies to Roncesvalles, which is located a few kilometers further along the road, Luzaide / Valcarlos is the true starting point for pilgrims in Spain that travel to Santiago.

                                     
  • Spanish as in Basque. Examples: Auritz Burguete, Roncesvalles Orreaga, Luzaide Valcarlos or Doneztebe Santesteban. Double denominations: The toponym, in Basque
  • 243 Lodosa 4, 700 Longuida - Longida 299 Lumbier 1, 422 Luquin 134 Luzaide Valcarlos 459 Mañeru 391 Marañon 67 Marcilla 2, 672 Melida 785 Mendavia 3, 741
  • Miossens, recaptured the position. Except for a Spanish outpost in Luzaide Valcarlos the region was abandoned in 1528 due to Charles V s loss of interest

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