The church of San Joan de Caselles is one of the 3 Romanesque jewels of Andorra, along with the churches of Santa Coloma and La Cortinada.
It is on the way out of Canillo to France, alongside an ancient road and dates back to between the 11th and 12th centuries. Sant Joan de Caselles follows the typical architectural layout of the Romanesque churches in Andorra: rectangular nave with wooden roof, semi-circular apse and Lombardian style bell tower. It has two porches, probably built in the 16th and 17th centuries.
Inside there are the remains of a stucco Romanesque Majesty of the 12th century surrounded by a mural pictorial scene representing the crucifixion with Longinus and Stephanus accompanied by the Sun the Moon. An altarpiece by Miquel Ramells and Gui de Borgonyó sits behind the rood screen, there is a 16th century altarpiece of great artistic quality with influences of the Italian and German Renaissance depicting scenes of the life and martyrdom of Saint John, the author of the Apocalypse and patron saint of the church. At the foot of the temple we come to the Two Wheel Museum, where we will discover the history of the motorcycle since the beginning of the 20th century.
The church is one of the attractions on Andorra Tourist Bus route 1, from June to September.
More information: National Tourist Office.