Vielha, an open-air museum.
Discover some of the best-conserved architectural treasures of the Pyrenees: churches and chapels built in the11th, 12th and 13th centuries that provide a insight into the history of this mountainous region. From rustic stonework, to extraordinary carvings and the outstanding quality of the vibrant polychromatic decoration of wooden sculptures, Gothic altarpieces and church walls, bringing startling and vivid scenes to colourful life. The area’s artistic heritage is as wide-ranging as it is varied and you don’t need to be an art expert to appreciate it. You’ll be surprised by the hidden treasures of the 13 villages that make up the municipality of Vielha.
Don’t miss the Aran Romanesque Route.
The churches of BETLAN, BETREN, CASAU, ESCUNHAU, GAUSAC, MONTCORBAU, VIELHA and VILAC are part of the Rota Romanica d’Aran. Some of these churches are open during the summer months (BETREN, ESCUNHAU y BETLAN) and can be visited by arrangement with guides specilaising in local heritage, who can help you discover all the secrets of these ancient places of worship. During the rest of the year, these churches are closed to visitors, except during services, apart from Vielha church, which remains open to the public all year.
To arrange a guided tour, call 973 641815.