As they passed through the Pyrenees, Charlemagne and his troops were defeated by the Basques in the ravines of Luzaide/Valcarlos. The defeat had a huge impact and it was sung about and retold countless times throughout the Middle Ages. Since then, the legends and myths associated with this event have been known throughout Europe. Luzaide/Valcarlos now has an exhibition centre that explains to visitors the latest research conducted on that event in the year 778, with a completely new, ground-breaking exhibition.
The “Battle of Roncesvalles, Exhibition Centre and Information Point in Luzaide/ Valcarlos 2018” project, promoted by Luzaide/Valcarlos Town Council, receives support from the Navarra Mountains 2014-2020 Rural Development Programme that is funded by the EAFRD (EU) and Navarra Government and managed by Cederna-Garalur.
The aim is to gradually create a documentation centre for the famous “Battle of Roncesvalles”, to promote research into it and create a new cultural offering in the area to boost cultural tourism.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
The Centre’s website
More information about the exhibition centre (opening times and days, etc.).Mas información sobre el centro expositivo (horarios, días de apertura, etc.).
Article about the ethnographic work in Luzaide
The exhibition centre has an area devoted to ethnography, which was created through a
course that was held in 2018.
Official website of Luzaide/Valcarlos Town Council
Listen to the interesting audio of Graciana de Irauzqueta, a woman who lived in Valcarlos-Luzaide in the 16th century