A walk around Benasque
In the old quarter of Benasque we can find some delightful examples of civil Renaissance architecture revealing a splendid past, such as the Palace of the Counts of Ribagorza, Casa Faure, Casa Albar and Casa Juste, with its imposing watchtower.
The 13th century Romanesque church is austere, with solid lines and great simplicity, like the traditional architecture in Benasque Valley, designed above all for protection.
The narrow Horno and San Pedro streets or Plaza de Sancho maintain the essence of a village that was built to cope with the cold winters at 1140 metres altitude.
The village of Anciles is well worth a visit to see the manor houses of extraordinary architectural value, such as Casa Suprián or Casa Barrau dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries, or the imposing parish church, also from the 16th century.
In Villanova we can contemplate San Pedro church, one of the numerous Romanesque churches in Benasque Valley. Since it was restored, it is now easier to see the traditional features of this kind of building.
The apse is semi-circular, facing east and the walls and stone vault are of special interest. It was built in the 12th century. At the apse end of this church, a painted altarpiece was added in the 16th century, which was also recently restored.