Visiting Casa Cristo in Andorra means travelling back in time to discover what the home of humble family of day labourers was like in the past
The variety of museums in Andorra includes ethnographic proposals that reproduce what life was like in the Principality in times past.
One such museum is Casa Cristo, a humble rural house located in the centre of Encamp, which was inhabited by day labourers until 1947. Continue reading to find out about its most interesting elements, the types of tours held and other interesting information.
A reflection of the most humble classes
Casa Cristo is much more than just a simple house-museum: it is a journey through time that takes Andorra's visitors back to the end of the 19th century and the start of the 20th. And to be more precise, to the most humble social stratum of that time, as this building was inhabited by a family of day labourers with no land. This three-storey village house was refurbished at the end of the last century, but maintained its distribution and its most significant elements as a testament to a bygone way of life. A slab sink, a secret drawer for hiding money, an already centennial baptism gown, and the numerous details throughout the house display both austerity and dignity at the same time. Despite the fact that the building is quite narrow, due to the need to adapt it to the reduced size of the plot, it has rooms of diverse use such as a pantry, a storeroom for holding work tools and a room of a more social and festive nature on the top floor. It was inhabited until 1947, the year in which its last tenants ceased to use it as a regular home after heading to France.
Guided tours and special events at Casa Cristo
Casa Cristo, in Encamp, is open to visitors of all ages, who can see it privately or in groups. To participate in guided tours, prior reservation is required. On these tours, museum guides will explain anecdotes about the family and the house, often around the chimney, the meeting point of the home. This house-museum organises tours and special events on specific dates and at certain times of year. For example, during winter months the so-called "Veladas del payés" take place: tours by candlelight, like in the old days, which are held on Fridays and Saturdays in the evenings, and offer a tasting of toasted bread and typical cold meats from Andorra. However, in July and August, night-time tours are held after 9:00 p.m. with a tasting of sweet wine and chocolate.
Other interesting information
Casa Cristo can be visited with the Andorra PassMuseu pass, a card that provides 50% off on the entry price. Children's entry is also half-price. As well as this museum, Andorra has another two ethnographic spaces that show what rural life was like in bygone centuries: Casa Areny-Plandolit, belonging to a family from high society, and Casa Rull, of land-owning farmers (more comfortable than the day labourers of the house-museum).
The tour of Casa Cristo is on routes 2 and 6 of Andorra Tourist Bus.