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Church of of Saint Mary, Arties

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Magnificent 12th century Romanesque church located in the highest part of the picturesque village of Arties. The church has been declared a Cultural Asset of National Interest, being considered one of the best exponents of Romanesque architecture in the Aran Valley..

The building has a basilica's architectural plan with three naves, originally headed by three semicircular apses, of which today only the lateral apses are preserved. It has two access portals located in the side naves. The central nave is covered with a barrel vault and the lateral ones with half-domes. The building has two bell towers, a bellfry attached to the western side and a bell gable in the eastern part.

Highlights

✔ The elegant Gothic bell tower (13th - 14th centuries), with three stories covered by pyramidal roof, attached to the central nave.
✔ The main doorway, located on the north wall, formed by six semi-circular arches with decorative motifs.
✔ The interior of the church, where it stands out the set of 16th century mural paintings placed in the ceiling of the presbytery and in the first section of the nave, and the altarpiece, a masterpiece of Catalan Gothic painting (15th century).

Contact
Pla├ža Sapujo, 1
25599 Arties (Lleida)
Tel.: 973 641 815
Timetable
Guided tours with prior reservation.
Prices
Free admission
Accommodation in Arties