Romanesque Art


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The geographic location of the country has favoured the conservation of more than 40 churches and monuments in the Romanesque style, distributed throughout the territory.  

Romanesque monuments and churches

Andorran Pre-Romanesque and Romanesque art have preserved their essence, their simplicity and their beauty since the 11th and 12th centuries. The artistic manifestations of this architectural style in Andorra stand out for their sobriety, the reduced size of the buildings and their perfect integration into the typical Andorran mountain landscapes.

The Romanesque churches of the Principality, all built following a very simple construction layout, are small in size, very poorly decorated and have a single nave, an apse and a porch at the entrance. One of the key identifying features of these temples in the Principality are their bell towers or belfries, used as a method of communication between people as well as a defensive element against attacks, among others.

As for the interior, it features paintings with a rich chromatic range praising the divinity. Most of these are works of the disciples of the great Catalan Masters of yesteryear.

Finally, it is worth pointing out that many of these temples still have Baroque altarpieces from the 17th and 18th centuries.

Visiting some of these churches will bring you closer to the lives of the inhabitants of the valleys, where in the past they were the centre of religious and social life, and which today are some of the jewels of our culture.

There is also the Espai Columba, a cultural setting which will show you the significance and origin of the Romanesque style in Andorra, it legacy and most importantly, the interpretation of the murals of the Andorran churches. If you decide to visit, we encourage you to visit the Romanesque Church of Santa Coloma located a short distance away, where you will enjoy the videomapping that recreates the fresco conserved at the Espai Columba, but in its original setting.

Don’t miss this opportunity and visit some of our Romanesque monument!

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