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Wonders of Andorra

Daffodils in the mountains of Andorra
Daffodils in the mountains of Andorra / Ferran Llorens, Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0

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Andorra is a very small country high up in the Pyrenees. Most of its numerous visitors see urbanized areas and touristy places but one can find there also quite a bit of wilderness and traditional landscape.

The most amazing wonders of Andorra are the old rural churches built in the 8th – 12th century. Notable are also several sites with interesting petroglyphs.

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WorldViolet Top 16 wonders of Andorra

Archaeological wonders

Roureda de la Margineda

Andorra la Vella

Remains of a prehistoric and medieval settlement. First inhabited during the Bronze Age, 2,200 – 1,600 BC. Most of the visible structures though were built in the 12th – 13th centuries.

Roc de les Bruixes (Rock of the Witches)

Canillo

Site of legends. Here in the cliffs are found numerous engravings from the Bronze Age depicting crosses, humans, pentagrams, also early writings.

Signs on Roc de les Bruixes, Andorra
La Balma de la Margineda

Andorra la Vella

Rock shelter – former settlement of people who lived here since the 9,000 BC. Exploration of the remnants has provided important information about the life in Pyrenees in Mesolithic and Neolithic times, Bronze and Iron ages. Remains of cave paintings.

Sornàs engravings and Terra de la Mola engravings

Ordino

Large groups of engravings in cliffs. These engravings were made from prehistoric times until the 18th century. Engravings show horses, human-like figures, domes, crosses, also a weird depiction of a ritual amputation.

Architecture wonders

Church of Santa Coloma d’Andorra

Andorra la Vella

The oldest church in Andorra, first mentioned in 1044 AD although it might be older. Church initially was built in local Pre-Romanesque style and has a prominent bell tower from the 12th century). Several original frescoes from the 12th century have been preserved inside the church.

Church of Santa Coloma d'Andorra
Pont de la Margineda

Andorra la Vella

An ancient bridge over Gran Valira river, constructed in the 14th – 15th century. The arch of this bridge is made from the light pumice.

Pont de la Margineda, Andorra
Church of Sant Vicens d’Enclar

Andorra la Vella

An early medieval church, built in the time period between the 7th and the early 8th century AD. This church was near a mountain pass that has been important since the Roman times.

Church of Sant Martí de la Cortinada

Ordino

Medieval church, built in Lombardy Romanesque style in the 11th – 12th centuries with later, Baroque additions (the 17th – 18th centuries). Church contains fine series of murals made in the late 12th century.

Church of Sant Romà de les Bons

Encamp

Medieval church, built in Lombardy Romanesque style, consecrated in 1164. Contains beautiful murals.

Murals in Church of Sant Romà de les Bons, Andorra
Church of Sant Climent de Pal

La Massana

Medieval church, built in Lombardy Romanesque style in the 11th – 12th centuries. Contains murals in Gothic style and bell tower has fine, mullioned windows.

Church of Sant Joan de Caselles

Canillo

Medieval church, built in Lombardy Romanesque style in the 11th – 12th centuries. Contains murals with stucco.

Casa de la Vall

Andorra la Vella

Fortified manor, built in 1580. Manor includes a tower. Now here is located General Council of Andorra.

Church of Sant Romà dels Vilars

Escaldes-Engordany

Very old church, a simple building that was built in the 10th century.

Church of Sant Romà dels Vilars, Andorra
Church of Sant Miquel d’Engolasters

Escaldes-Engordany

Medieval church, built in Lombardy Romanesque style in the 11th – 12th centuries. Church has an impressive, 17 m tall bell tower.

Church of Sant Serni de Nagol

Sant Julià de Lòria

Medieval church, built in Romanesque style in 1050. Part of the original frescoes have been preserved. This small, simple church is partly hewn in the cliff.

Casa Plairal d’Areny de Plandolit

Ordino

City palace, initially built in 1633. House has interesting details and rich interiors.

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