In the Middle Ages, there were areas in Europe that existed in an isolation almost inconceivable today. In the center of the Pyrénées, just south to the current border of Spain, is a small east-west valley tucked into the mountains. During the winter snows, the valley is almost completely inaccessible. But in that valley there are thirty villages, each with a Romanesque church built mostly in the 12th and 13th centuries. Every hillside reveals another, often perched just above that of an adjoining village just a few hundred yards away as the crow flies but miles away by twisting roads.
In this podcast we discuss these churches and La Crema deth Haro, an ancient ritual still celebrated in the Val d'Aran on the Summer Solstice.
About the artists:
PJ and Dennis Aubrey are photographers and writers who have spent the last dozen years photographing and writing about medieval churches and cathedrals.
Links to Via Lucis articles on the Val d'Aran:
The Val d'Aran - Tapas, tres Esglésies, and the Haro
Stella Maris - Mobyfree (Royalty Free)
Love makes all good again – Chris Law (by Permission)
Love is a Ghost - Edward Bilous (by Permission)
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