Laas is a remarkable little village on the banks of the Gave d'Oloron. Even though it is one of the tiniest it is brimming over with energy that other much larger places lack.
In itself it is a pretty Béarnais village whose economy is based on agriculture and the work of a number of craftsmen. The builders of the lovely stone houses have made liberal use of the stone provided by the by nearby quarries.
But in 1989, after strenuous efforts by councillors and inhabitants, it won first prize in the Council of Europe's ``The village I love'' competition. They have developed some most interesting facilities for tourists around the lovely chateau, including the museum of corn, the dominant crop of the region, and a series of concerts. In encouraging crafts courses are run in potery and metal sculpture - and all with a population of just 130!
|Chateau de Laàs ||Chateaux|
|A 17th century stately home which attracted the attention of a prominent French art collector, Louis Serbat, from the north of France. They moved down with their collection of art, in particular Flemish art and Napoleonic souvenirs, as well as the Livre d'Heures of Philippe le Bon, Duke of Burgundy.|
|Chapel of St Barthelemy ||Churches|
|12th century Roman chapel is being restored by the Commune.|
|Museum de Maïs ||Museums|
|Corn, or maize, is the dominant crop of the area - mainly for animals and especially the ducks and geese so do not expect to see much corn on the cob. The museum records the history of this important part of the local culture.|
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