Vielha (2,046 inh.). Capital of the Valley of Arán, seat of the Conselh Generau d¿Aran and centre of a large municipality, known as Vielha e Mijaran, which embraces the villages of Escunhau (notable Romanesque church), Betren, Casarilh, Gausac, Casau, Vilac, Betlan, Aubèrt, Mont, Montcorbau, Arròs and Vila and the sanctuary of Santa María de Mijaran. Commercial and service centre. Ancestral houses, church of Sant Miquèu, with remarkable Romanesque and Gothic elements. Musèu dera Val d¿Aran, established in an ancestral house from the 16th C. known as Tor deth Generau Martinhon (geology, vegetation, fauna, climatology, history, archaeology, art, language and ethnography of the Valley of Arán). The Palai de Gèu (ice palace) was inaugurated in 1994.