The Romanesque church is on a plain with a magnificent view of the valley of Andorra, on the way to the Engolasters lake.
Sant Miquel d’Engolasters is one of the jewels of Romanesque Andorra, along with the churches of Santa Coloma in Andorra la Vella and Sant Joan de Caselles in Canillo. Sant Miquel d’Engolasters was built at some time before the 12th century. In its architecture, we might point out the disproportion between the small nave and the 17 metres of the bell tower. The rest of the complex maintains the architectural features of Romanesque Andorra: rectangular shape with a nave, semi-circular apse, two sided roof and bell tower. It also has a porch that was added later. The last floor of the bell tower preserves one of the few items that bears witness to Romanesque sculpture in Andorra, some sculpted heads in the centre of the twin window arches. Inside is a reproduction of the Romanesque mural paintings of the Master of Santa Coloma (12th century). The apse is presided by a Maiestas Domini surrounded by the tetra morph in which the Archangel St Michael, the patron saint of the church, blends with the symbol of St Matthew. The original paintings are kept in the Catalonia National Art Museum (MNAC). The location invites us to go on to Engolasters lake or to the Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley, Unesco heritage of mankind since 2004, to enjoy a stroll in nature.
Guided tours from mid-July to mid-September. The tour of Sant Miquel of Engolasters is on Andorra Tourist Bus routes 2 and 4, from June to September.
More details on the monument, its prices and opening hours in the Culture Guide in pdf format.
More information: Tourist Office of Andorra la Vella.