Things to see and do - Vielha
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The Aran Valley lies in the north-west tip of the Pyrenees. Its remote location has helped it preserve local traditions and language - aranes is a variation of langue d'oc, or old southern French. Surrounded by mountains reaching an altitude of 3 000..
With its narrow 11C Romanesque nave, this example of Aranese architecture stands out for its remarkable doorway bearing an expressive Christ. Note also the unusual capitals decorated with human faces.
This fine 12-13C Romanesque-Gothic building houses the remarkable Gothic retable of Sant Miquèu (15C) and the delicately sculpted wooden bust of Christ de Mijaran that probably was part of a 12C Descent from the Cross.
Museums and art
Housed in an elegant 16C stately home called Tor deth Generau Martinhon, the museum teaches visitors about local geology, glaciology and history.