See Lazcano (disambiguation) (a variant form) for people with this surname.

Lazkao (Spanish: Lazcano) is a town and municipality located in the Goierri region of the province of Gipuzkoa, in the Basque Country.

Lazkao
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Flag of Lazkao
Flag
Official seal of Lazkao
Seal
Motto(s): 
Lazkaoko Kontzeju Oso Zintzo eta Oso Leiala / Muy Noble y Muy Leal Concejo de Lazcano
(The very noble and loyal council of Lazkao)
Lazkao is located in Basque Country
Lazkao
Lazkao
Location of Lazkao within the Basque Autonomous Community
Coordinates: 43°2′16″N 2°11′14″W / 43.03778°N 2.18722°W / 43.03778; -2.18722Coordinates: 43°2′16″N 2°11′14″W / 43.03778°N 2.18722°W / 43.03778; -2.18722
CountrySpain
Autonomous community Basque Country
ProvinceGuipúzcoa.svg Gipuzkoa
EskualdeaGoierri
Government
 • MayorKepa Zubiarrain (EAJ-PNV)
Area
 • Total11.4 km2 (4.4 sq mi)
Elevation
160 m (520 ft)
Population
 (2018)[1]
 • Total5,646
 • Density500/km2 (1,300/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (GMT)
 • Summer (DST)GMT
Websitehttp://www.lazkao.eus

LocationEdit

Lazkao is located in the Southern Basque Country, in the province of Gipuzkoa, Spain. Lazkao lies in a lush valley. To its north are Beasain and Ordizia; to the south are Idiazabal and Ataun; to the east Zaldibia and to the west Olaberria.

Distances to important places

TransportEdit

  • Nearest train station: In Beasain to 2 km
  • Communicated with roads to these towns: Olaberria, Ataun, Ordizia, Beasain.
  • Bus stations through all the town with these lines:
  • Airports:
    • Airport of Hondarribia (Donostia-San Sebastián): 58 km
    • Airport of Loiu (Bilbao): 86 km
    • Airport of Noain (Pamplona/Iruñea): 68 km
    • Airport of Foronda (Vitoria-Gasteiz): 83 km

Town CouncilEdit

  • Town Council
  • Municipal Police

The municipal police force in Lazkao (in Basque Udaltzaingoa), has four policemen, two police cars and a motorbike. The police station is located in the ground floor of the town hall of Lazkao. The municipal police of Lazkao carries out these duties: Traffic, notifications, works control, organization of the town market, lost objects, etc.

HistoryEdit

Many Basque historians think that Lazkao was founded in 1053.

1936-1939Edit

Two men were shot in Lazkao during the Spanish Civil War.

ETAEdit

The future leader of ETA, Eustakio Mendizabal, studied at the Benedictine monastery in Lazkao from 1954 to 1966.

In 2005, a Benedictine monk of the town was arrested by the Spanish National Police and by the Guardia Civil. They thought that the monk had connections with the Basque separatist group ETA. In 2006, ETA detonated a bomb in the company Azkar, because Azkar did not pay the revolutionary tax to the group.

ReligionEdit

2007 was the Second anniversary of bicentenary of the arrival of the Benedictine monks to the town. Celebrated by the Deputy-General of Gipuzkoa and by Juan Jose Ibarretxe, the Lehendakari (Basque Prime Minister) of the Basque Autonomous Community.

FestivalsEdit

  • Day of the Donkey (Basque: Astotxo Eguna)

Every first Sunday in January. On this day, the Flight to Egypt is performed throughout the street of the town.

This Biblical passage was first performed in Lazkao the 17th century. Nowadays, the Nuns of the Covent of Lazkao continue to sell the traditional wafers for this event.

Famous peopleEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Municipal Register of Spain 2018. National Statistics Institute.

External linksEdit