Last modified: 2010-11-12 by ivan sache
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Flag of Lower Navarre - Image by Pierre Gay, 28 August 1997
When the southernmost part of the Kingdom of Navarre was annexed by Spain (1515), the legitimate heirs of the Navarre royal family retained the title and withdrew to the Lower Navarre territory, north of the Pyrenees. They ruled a kingdom united with neighbouring Béarn. When King Henry III of Navarre was crowned King of France as Hanry IV, he took the title of "King of France and Navarre", kept by his successors until the French Revolution.
Lower Navarre is also one of the three provinces of Iparralde, the Northern Basque Country (located in France).
Ivan Sache, 13 September 2009
The flag of Lower Navarre is red with the chains taken from the coat of arms of Navarre.
The chains of Navarre are traditionally explained" by the legend of a king who cut and tied up with his sword the chains protecting a Moors' camp and, subsequently placed them on his red shield.
Pascal Vagnat, 28 August 1997
Simplified flag of Navarre - Image by Ivan Sache, 12 July 2009
Stage 9 of Tour de France (Saint-Gaudens-Tarbes, 160 km) crossed on 12
July the legendary Col du Tourmalet (2,115 m asl). As usual in the
Pyrenees, most supporters' flags came from neighbouring Spain, indeed
very few Spanish national flags but bunches of Basque, Asturian and
A flag displayed close to the top of Tourmalet looks like a simplified, stylized version of the flag of Navarre, that is with the chains replaced by lines.
Ivan Sache, 12 July 2009