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Vielha e Mijaran (; es, Viella Mitg Arán, ) is a Municipalities of Spain, municipality in Aran, Catalonia, Aran, Lleida (province), Lleida, Spain. It was created in 1970 by the merger of the municipalities of Arròs e Vila, Betlan, Escunhau, Gausac, Vielha and Vilac: some of the former municipalities retain some privileges as "decentralised municipal entities" (''entitats municipals descentralitzades'', EMD),''Entitats municipals descentralitzades'' are governed by the ''Llei Municipal i de Règim Local de Catalunya'' (8/1987 de 15 d'abril de 1987). They correspond to ''entidades locales menores'' in the rest of Spain (known as ''entitats locals menors'' in the Valencian Community and the Balearic Islands). as does the village of Betren. ''Mijaran'' literally means "Middle Aran" in Aranese language, Aranese, as the inhabited part of the municipality is situated in the valley of the Garonne (''Garona''). The Noguera Ribagorçana has its source on the territory of the municipality, on the opposite side of the Water divide, watershed. The ''ajuntament'' (town hall) is in Vielha, spelled Vielha in Occitan language, Occitan and Viella in Catalan language, Catalan and Spanish language, Spanish, which is also the capital of Aran. The municipality is linked to France and to the rest of Catalonia (via the Vielha tunnel) by the N-230 road. The C-28 (old name: C-142) road continues up the valley to Naut Aran, and on over the Port de la Bonaigua (2,072 m, 6,798 ft) to the ''comarca'' of Pallars Sobirà. This road, the higher stretches of which are impassable in winter, was the only route between the Aran valley and the rest of Spain before the opening of the Vielha tunnel in 1948.


Subdivisions

The municipality is composed of thirteen distinct settlements. Populations are given : *Arròs (95) *Aubèrt (104), in the EMD of Aubèrt e Betlan *Betlan (24), on the left bank of the Garonne *Betren (376), on the left bank of the Garonne *Casarilh (64), in the EMD of Escunhau e Casarilh, on the left bank of the Garonne *Casau (87), inhabited in Ancient Rome, Roman times *Escunhau (89) *Gausac (555) *Mont (Vielha e Mijaran), Mont (25), on the right bank of the Garonne at the foot of the Es Cròdos range *Montcorbau (17), on the right bank of the Garonne *Vielha (2,620) *Vila (Vielha e Mijaran), Vila (30) *Vilac (Vielha e Mijaran), Vilac (147)


Climate


Politics

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Photos

Vielha,June2007.jpg, View from the hotel Vielha Nere River Vielha.jpg, The Nere River (''Arriu Nere'') as it passes through Vielha before emptying into the Garonne Placa-Sant-Antoni-Vielha.jpg, A view of Vielha city hall and St. Michael's Church (''Església de Sant Miquèu'') from ''Plaça Sant Antoni'' St. Michael's Church (Església de Sant Miquèu), Vielha.jpg, St. Michael's Church (Església de Sant Miquèu) at night


Sister cities

* Saint-Gaudens, Haute-Garonne, Saint-Gaudens, France


References


Sources

* Panareda Clopés, Josep Maria; Rios Calvet, Jaume; Rabella Vives, Josep Maria (1989). ''Guia de Catalunya'', Barcelona: Caixa de Catalunya. (Spanish). (Catalan).


External links


Official website

Government data pages
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