Church of Santa Coloma

CHURCH OF SANTA COLOMA

The Church of Santa Coloma is one of the oldest in Andorra. Dating to the pre-Romanesque period, it was built between the 8th and 9th centuries and has a rectangular nave and quadrangular apse. Its current appearance comes from the refurbishment carried out during the 12th century, when the four-storey Lombard-style circular bell tower was added. It is only one in Andorra and one of the few found in the Pyrenees. The entirety of the church’s chancel was decorated with a series of fresco murals that have traditionally been attributed to the Master of Santa Coloma, although they are not the work of just one person. This occurs with many of the Romanesque murals in Andorra and the Pyrenees: they are the works of nomadic painter workshops that received the same training, which has led experts to talk about schools such as the one in this case, of the Master of Santa Coloma.

Video mapping - The origins

Today you can only see a small part of the original frescoes, as they were sold in 1933. The pictorial ensemble was recovered by the Government of Andorra in 2007. The alterations suffered both by the paintings and the apse over the years means it is impossible for them to be returned to their original location.

Now, through the use of new technology, we can enjoy the paintings in their original location thanks to video mapping. This virtual recreation, accompanied by light and sound, projects the murals onto their respective locations with total accuracy, allowing visitors to experience the sensations that the frescos would have originally evoked. A total of six projectors recreate the series of paintings on the walls of the nave and inside the apse. The projection lasts six minutes and can be seen in small groups of up to 10 people, to guarantee the quality of the virtual experience. View the St Coloma Video Mapping Guide – The Origins.

The video mapping can be seen free of charge until the launch of the 'Columba' space, where the original paintings will be installed and that will be located near the church.
mapingSC@gmail.com, Tel.: (+376) 369 041. Entry by strict order of arrival.

More information and opening times

From Tuesday to Saturday, 10 am to 2 pm and 3 pm to 6 pm, and Sunday morning from 11 am to 2 pm. Closed Sunday afternoon and Monday. Projections every 15 minutes (the last one is 15 minutes before closing). Special opening hours: 10 am to 2 pm on 5 January and 24 and 31 December. Closed on 1 and 6 January, 14 March, 1 May, 8 September and 25 and 26 December. Projection times may vary according to the needs of the church congregation.

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.

Location and contact

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Carrer Major
Santa Coloma

(+376) 875 700

area_museus@govern.ad http://www.museus.ad

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