GOOD KARMA IN THE MOUNTAINS
Good Karma in the Valley and the story of the Aranese language
Completely different, but no less attractive Catalonia lies far from the sea-in the Pyrenees. There is a special world of transparent rivers, blue lakes, lost among Gray mountain tops, stone arrows of Romanesque bells and small cozy villages.
A world of amazing peace and tranquility Welcome to the Valley of Aran, a fantastic place in the Pyrenees, where culture, gastronomy and the highest mountains will bring you the impression that you are in a completely different Spain, the one with which you were not Familiar so far. The Aran Valley is located in the far north-west of the Catalan mountains of the Pyrenees, surrounded by peaks of 3000 meters above sea level. Its remote isolation provided an opportunity for indigenous people to keep their Aranès, as well as their life and traditions, intact. Communication with the outside world became possible in 1948 due to the construction of the Vielha Tunnel. But this infrastructure construction has not changed the natural beauty of the scenery.
Under the name of the valley of Val d'Aran is hidden 50 small picturesque towns, stretched for tens of kilometers. In Val d'Aran you can enjoy an important monumental artistic ensemble consisting mainly of a large number of Romanesque churches. The Valley of Aran is Aranese-speaking. Aranese language-dialect of the language d'òc, used by settlers Els Trobadors, is the most cultural language of the Middle Ages. It is spoken in southern France, where it was called Oksitanija on the medieval royal courts and LINGUA FRANCA in the Occitan language. This is also the case in the 12 valleys of the Principality of Monaco. Aranese language, studied in more than 100 universities of the world and still is the language of 3 million people of four different European states. The first Catalan Bible was written in the Occitan dialect, also the medieval and first encyclopedia, guarded in Beziers, France, funded by the Queen of Romania. The first documents written on Occitan correspond to IX century.
In Spain this ancient language is only common in Val d'aran.