Visit theSant Climent de Pal Church and take a trip to the heart of Romanesque art in Andorra. Find out the most interesting facts here!
Sant Climent de Pal Church, also known as iglesia de San Clemente, is a prime example of Romanesque art in Andorra. Located in Palm in the parish of La Massana, this church is one of the oldest buildings that can be seen in the country. Both inside and out, you’ll find elements of great artistic value preserved, from the late 11th century onwards. Fans of the medieval style can top off their visit to this temple by heading over to the Romanesque Andorra Interpretation Centre, a visitors’ centre near the church. Find out all the information you’ll need to better understand both of these tourist attractions.
Sant Climent de Pal, a historic building
This church is a building of great historical importance, and is considered one of the oldest temples still preserved to this day in Andorra. The building dates back to the late 11th or early 12th century, but has undergone modifications and extensions in more recent periods. In spite of these refurbishments, it still retains some very unique architectural elements from the original site. Its bell tower, for instance, is of the Lombard Romanesque style, and is three stories high. You’re sure to be drawn to the mullioned windows with rounded arches, especially on the top floor, as they’re the only example of double mullioned windows in Andorra. The church has a rectangular nave and mostly preserves the original Romanesque walls.
Enjoy its surprising interior
The most surprising element is inside, however, where you’ll find the church’s most important religious and artistic relics. There’s a baptismal font, for instance, made of granite, two processional crosses made from polychrome wood and a carving of the Verge del Remei virgin, which dates from the late Romanesque period in the country (13th century). You can also admire an altarpiece dedicated to Pope Saint Clement of Rome, made in 1709. It fits in perfectly with the apse, which was built in the late 17th and early 18th century.
As with other churches in the Principality, you can visit Sant Climent de Pal Church virtually thanks to a high-quality 360º photograph developed by Google, which can be accessed using this link.
Visiting the church and the Interpretation Centre
You can also visit the church in person, of course, and they offer reduced entry for young people and other groups. Very close to the temple, you’ll find the Romanesque Andorra Interpretation Centre, a visitors’ centre you can visit for free and which complements the temple perfectly. The centre is equipped with information panels, scale models and audiovisual material that will help better understand the importance of Sant Climent de Pal and the other Romanesque buildings in the Principality. You’ll also find important objects and pieces of religious art from other churches in Andorra. One example is a thorned polychrome wooden cross from Sant Serni de Nagol Church, from the 13th century. Guided tours of both the centre and the church can be organised.