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Santa Coloma Church

Santa Coloma, Andorra la Vella AD4500, Andorra
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Churches/ Cathedrals
Owner description: [ING]This pre-Romanesque building houses a rectangular nave with a woodenframed ceiling and a quadrangular apse. The circular Lombard belfry wasadded... more » Owner description: [ING]This pre-Romanesque building houses a rectangular nave with a woodenframed ceiling and a quadrangular apse. The circular Lombard belfry wasadded in the 12th century and is one of the few examples of its kind in the Pyrenees.The building was decorated with 12th-century Romanesque mural paintings by the master painter of Santa Coloma. These paintings left the country in 1930,and were recovered by the Andorran Government in 2007.At present, only the Agnus Dei flanked by two angels and the geometricdecoration framing the overhanging arch remain in the church. The church preserves a polychrome wood statue of Our Lady of the Remedies (12th to 13th centuries) and a Baroque altarpiece (18th-century) dedicated to Saint Coloma, the church's patron saint.The church's location means visitors can enjoy Santa Coloma old town with its traditional buildings, as well as Els Russos tower, designed by Cesar Martinell, of modernist style an example of Andorra's granite architecture.[ESP]Edificio de origen prerromanico con una nave de planta rectangularcubierta con andamios de madera y un abside cuadrangular. En elsiglo XII se anade un campanario lombardo de planta circular, uno delos pocos ejemplares de estas caracteristicas en los Pirineos.El edificio estaba decorado con pinturas murales romanicas del sigloXII realizadas por el Maestro de Santa Coloma. Estas pinturas salierondel pais en el ano 1930 y el Gobierno andorrano las recupero en 2007.Actualmente, dentro de la iglesia solo queda el Agnus Dei flanqueado por dos angeles y la decoracion geometrica que enmarca el arcoultrapasado.En la iglesia se conserva una talla de madera policromada de la Virgen del Remedio (siglos XII-XIII) y un retablo barroco (siglo XVIII), bajo la advocacion de Santa Coloma, patrona de la iglesia.El emplazamiento del templo os permite disfrutar del nucleo antiguode Santa Coloma, donde descubrireis construcciones tradicionales,asi como la Torre dels Russos, proyectada por Cesar Martinell, de estilo modernista, uno de los ejemplos de la arquitectura delgranito en Andorra. « less
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I recommend that you get at least a few pictures of the Santa Coloma Church. This church has received the most comments because of it's beauty and the back-drop views.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

This is a pretty church but with very interesting stained glass work. It is small but worth the walk.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Santa Coloma is located close to the Valira river, in a small town of the Andorra la Vella parish. The old, stone-built church, is very small, but is beautifully preserved. The surrounding grounds are well kept, and allows you to take pictures from many angles. The bell tower is of course the main attraction, as it stands alone in constrast... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Stopped in Andorra when on a tour that originated from Barcelona. Took time to look at this beautiful church. The surrounding grounds and stonework are amazing. Something this old is always incredible to see. The little town of Andorra itself is full of shops and it even has an outlet mall, which brings lots of people because it's tax-free.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

Santa Coloma will capture your attention immediately. It is a unique piece of architecture that stood the test of time. They say it was built in the 9th-12th century. What makes this house of God so special is its Lombard Romanesque bell tower that has the particularity of being round. There are vestiges of polychromy and a sculpted human face... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

Santa Coloma Church a pre-Romanesque style with a 12th century circular bell tower was built in the 9th and 10th centuries. It is one of the oldest in the country. The Church of Santa Coloma is in the village of the same name, in the parish of Andorra la Vella. Andorra la Vella is the capital of Principality of Andorra,... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

The church was not open, but we enjoyed looking around the grounds and the centuries old stonework. Very picturesque!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

ANDORRA TWO SHRINE, ONE BRIDGE AND TROUT FROM ENGOLASTERS LAKE By Zoran Slavic Yesterday we visited the Shrine of the Virgin of Meritxell in the village Canilo. It was an unusual religious object. Specifically, in the parish Cannulae are the remains of the famous Andorra shrines Meritxell (first record from 1172, the year), the most important symbols of the local... More

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