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Sant Pèir de Betlan

Type: Church
Archictectural Style: Romanesque-Baroque
Village: Betlan
Municipality: Vielha e Mijaran

The church of Sant Pèir de Betlan has a single barrel-vaulted nave, crowned to the east by a huge apse and flanked to the west by a belfry. The recent restoration of the building has made it possible to piece together the sequence in which it was built, mainly in two periods: the 12th and 13th centuries (the ground plan, peripheral walls, apse, baptismal font and Virgin of the Snows) and the 16th and 18th centuries (the chapel, wall paintings, religious sculptures and the belfry).The Romanesque origins of the church of Sant Pèir can also be appreciated in the exterior decoration of the apse, in the building’s ground plan configuration and, above all, in the 13th century baptismal font. The religious sculpture of the Virgin of the Snows is outstanding. In the phase between the 16th and 18th centuries, the church underwent major transformations which are patent in the lifting of the nave, the subsequent addition of the sub-arches and the building of the side chapels. The wall paintings date back to the 16th and 17th centuries. Finally, there are three Baroque religious sculptures from the 18th century.