CANÒLICH SANCTUARY

CANÒLICH SANCTUARY

Canòlich ( Sant Julià de Lòria )

Canòlich ( Sant Julià de Lòria )


The Sanctuary is at the foot of the CS-600 from Bixessarri to Coll de la Gallina (N42° 28' 28.04", E+1° 27' 7.50").

The present building dates back to the early 20th century, but there are references that indicate that Canòlich existed in mediaeval times (1176). The Manual Digest de les Valls Neutras de Andorra (1745 – a compilation of the history, government and uses and customs of Andorra, a work by the illustrious episcopal vaguer, doctor in law and lawyer of Andorra Antoni Fiter and Rossell) mentions “Na. Sra. de Canòlich” as one of the three main sanctuaries in the valleys of Andorra, along with Meritxell (Canillo) and Sant Antoni de la Grella (La Massana). Everything points to the present Canòlich sanctuary being built on the foundations of an ancient Romanesque construction, as the image of the virgin corresponds to the 12th century. This Romanesque bust was crowned by the Vatican in 1999 and is now in the parish church of Sant Julià i Sant Germà, in the town of Sant Julià de Lòria. The sanctuary preserves an 18th-century baroque altarpiece and some ceramic murals by the artist Mas. 

Guided tours in July and August and by booking from September to June from Sant Julià de Lòria Tourist Office.