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Santa Coloma Church

Carrer Major, Santa Coloma AD500, Andorra
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Oldest Church in Andorra

Built in 8th century it is the oldest church in Andorra. The trip from the Valle it is quite a... read more

Reviewed 7 November 2016
thor2705
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Ottawa
Old and unique

An interesting church to be sure, especially given its age. It's located just by the main road and... read more

Reviewed 29 August 2016
Tinde_K
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Moscow, Russia
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Open from 15 July to 15 September. [ING]This pre-Romanesque building houses a rectangular nave with a woodenframed ceiling and a quadrangular apse. The circular Lombard belfry wasadded in the 12th century and is one of the few examples of its kind in the Pyrenees.The building was decorated with 12th-century Romanesque mural paintings by the master painter of Santa Coloma. These paintings left the country in 1930,and were recovered by the Andorran Government in 2007.At present, only the Agnus Dei flanked by two angels and the geometricdecoration framing the overhanging arch remain in the church. The church preserves a polychrome wood statue of Our Lady of the Remedies (12th to 13th centuries) and a Baroque altarpiece (18th-century) dedicated to Saint Coloma, the church's patron saint.The church's location means visitors can enjoy Santa Coloma old town with its traditional buildings, as well as Els Russos tower, designed by Cesar Martinell, of modernist style an example of Andorra's granite architecture.
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Carrer Major, Santa Coloma AD500, Andorra
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Reviewed 7 November 2016

Built in 8th century it is the oldest church in Andorra. The trip from the Valle it is quite a treck, but its worth it. The church is stone and is nice with great views of the mountain.

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Reviewed 29 August 2016

An interesting church to be sure, especially given its age. It's located just by the main road and can be accessed via a roundabout. It was closed at the time we've visited, so check beforehand as to how to obtain a key.

Thank Tinde_K
Reviewed 22 April 2015

This is one of the more noteworthy attractions to visit while driving through Andorra. It's free and easily accessed just 2 streets over from the main highway (CG1) at the southern edge of the town of Andorra La Vella. If you're driving, you can park...More

1  Thank TwoSmallPotatoes
Reviewed 5 November 2014 via mobile

This seemingly very pretty little church was, like several others in the guidebook, closed. Nobody was around to open it either. I don't think Andorra likes visitors.

Thank CarmichaelVentura
Reviewed 5 November 2014

It's a very small stone church by the main road, we pass by the church quite often since Andorra is quite a tiny country so it's very easy to go by the church every time you go somewhere that direction. Had some pictures taken sitting...More

Thank embcn
Reviewed 1 October 2014

I meandered to the entrance while friends were having a beer at a near-by bar when Antonio asked if I was interested in a tour. I said yes and he informed me that the next English lang. tour would start in 20 min. I gathered...More

1  Thank Roberto D
Reviewed 19 August 2014

I recommend that you get at least a few pictures of the Santa Coloma Church. This church has received the most comments because of it's beauty and the back-drop views.

1  Thank iowaaggie
Reviewed 23 July 2014

This is a pretty church but with very interesting stained glass work. It is small but worth the walk.

Thank AdelaideJanpo
Reviewed 17 July 2014

Santa Coloma is located close to the Valira river, in a small town of the Andorra la Vella parish. The old, stone-built church, is very small, but is beautifully preserved. The surrounding grounds are well kept, and allows you to take pictures from many angles....More

1  Thank R_TheReader
Reviewed 30 May 2014

Stopped in Andorra when on a tour that originated from Barcelona. Took time to look at this beautiful church. The surrounding grounds and stonework are amazing. Something this old is always incredible to see. The little town of Andorra itself is full of shops and...More

1  Thank Luv2Travel7723
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