The Romanesque church of Santa Coloma is one of the jewels of Andorran Romanesque.
Its circular bell tower is unique in Andorra. The Church of Santa Coloma is in the village of the same name, in the parish of Andorra la Vella. Pre-Romanesque in origin from the early 10th century or earlier, with a rectangular nave covered with a wooden support structure and a quadrangular apse. The 12th century saw the addition of a four-floor Lombardian bell tower, circular as we have said before, and unique in the principality, one of the few of such characteristics in the Pyrenees. The building was decorated with 12th century Romanesque mural paintings by the Master of Santa Coloma. These paintings left the country in 1930 and were recovered by the Andorran government in 2007. Now in the church, we are only left the Agnus Dei flanked by two angels and the geometric decoration of the extended arch.
It also conserves a multi-colour wooden bust of Our Lady of Remedies (12th to 13th century) and a baroque altarpiece (18th-century) under the avocation of Santa Coloma, the patron saint of the church. Its location gives us a chance to enjoy the old village of Santa Coloma, and the Russians’ Tower which, planned by César Martinell, is one of the examples of granite architecture in Andorra. Very nearby is the little church of Sant Vicenç, very interesting to complete the whole tour.
Guided tours from mid-July to mid-September. The church can be visited on Andorra Tourist Bus route 2, from June to September.
More information: Tourist Office of Andorra la Vella.