Villanova Village

A village located 966 metres above sea level. The main activity in the village is livestock and arable farming, and tourism. It is located on the skirts of the mountains and has an excellent view over Benasque Valley

The houses are the best example of the delicate balance which, over many centuries, ended up being established between traditional culture and the natural environment the inhabitants lived off. The materials are always the ones found in the surrounding area, and distribution of the rooms was perfectly adapted to arable and livestock farming. Two beautiful examples of this traditional architecture are Casa Betrán, a monumental patio house, and Casa Riu, a house full of ornamental details on the façade.

As for its religious architecture, Villanova/Bilanoba will surprise you. It is one of the few cases where two Romanesque churches were built in the same village, also choosing two of the most prominent sites in the urban area. This is probably due to the village having two manor houses at the same time ruling over the population, trying to better the other by each of them building their own church.

St. Peter's Church, although simpler, will delight you with its simple appearance and apse where traditional Lombard arches are mixed with the Western Romanesque cantilevers. St. Mary's Church has survived several extensions, and with its tower, has a more monumental, haughty appearance. It is not surprising therefore, that in addition to the vertical strips on the apse and Lombard arches, the interior still conserves a valuable altarpiece painted in the 16th century.

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