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Casa de la Vall

Carrer de la Vall s/n, Andorra la Vella AD500, Andorra
00376 829 129
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Type: Historic Sites, Architectural Buildings
Owner description: [ING]Casa de la Vall is the ancient seat of the General Council: Andorra'sparliament. The building is emblematic for its historicalignificance. In... more » Owner description: [ING]Casa de la Vall is the ancient seat of the General Council: Andorra'sparliament. The building is emblematic for its historicalignificance. In 1419, an inter-parochial organization known as the Land Council wasratified. This was subsequently to become the General Council of theValleys of Andorra.The house was built in 1580 by the Busquets family. It was acquiredin 1702 by the General Council. The layout of the building is quadrangular with three galleries, in the style of the country houses of Catalan noble families. The main facade has both the current coat of arms of Andorra and the old one (from after the 14th century) and some interesting defensive features: embrasure, tower and machicolations. The building was restored in 1962.The gardens have a dovecot tower, a boundary cross and contemporary commemorative sculptures.[ESP]La Casa de la Vall es la antigua sede del Consell General: el parlamento de Andorra. Se trata de un edificio emblematico por su significacion historica. En 1419 se ratifico una organizacion interparroquial,denominada Consell de la Terra, que se convirtio posteriormente en elConsell General de les Valls d'Andorra.La casa se construyo en 1580, pertenecia a la familia Busquets yfue adquirida en 1702 por el Consell General. El edificio es de plantacuadrangular con tres crujias, siguiendo la tipologia de las masias senoriales catalanas. En la fachada principal se exhibe el escudo actual de Andorra y el antiguo (posterior al siglo XIV) y destacan algunos elementos de defensa: canonera, torre y matacanes. El edificio se restauro en 1962.En los jardines encontrareis el palomar de la torre y esculturas conmemorativas contemporaneas. « less
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Paris, France
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90 reviews 90 reviews
12 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

The Case de la Vall is very much worth a visit. They have young, dynamic tour guides full of energy and enthusiasm for their job. It's the center of Andorran power and history and the visit helps you to understand this very unique nation and appreciate it even more. The rooms are beautiful and the visit is free--you just have... More

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Barcelona, Spain
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35 reviews 35 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

I loved the Redmusic festival. Tony Hadley, Level 42, Roger Hodgson (Supertramp), UB40.... great. The location in the heart of Andorra la Vella was great and the variety of wines to taste at the festival was great too, all along with the 'tapas'. Great music, lovely atmosphere. Awesome.

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Budapest, Hungary
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162 reviews 162 reviews
59 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

We had reserved a tour time yesterday and appeared for it today at our appointed time. The guide was exceptionally knowledgeable and though we were told the tour would be 30 minutes, we pummeled her with questions about the country with as much enthusiasm as she shared the history of this building. The tour is free and the guides refuse... More

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Somerset, England
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70 reviews 70 reviews
29 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

Great tour given in English of this old Parliament and Court building which is right next to the very modern and large Government building which dwarfs it. Entry is FREE.

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London, United Kingdom
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47 reviews 47 reviews
25 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

Casa de la Vall is the former parliament building of Andorra. Now you can visit it and see one of the smallest parliaments in the world. You have to book in advance because you can only enter as part of a group and at certain times. The groups also are in different languages, so you need to check availability prior... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

Make a reservation ahead of time for a tour in your language. We joined a different language tour because all English tours were full on the Saturday we visited. Well preserved old parliament building.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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94 reviews 94 reviews
80 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013

We did not get in to check it inside, it was interesting enough to see from the outside. When you compare to other parliament houses in European cities (consider London for example!) it kinda makes you wonder... I guess it makes sense, charming little country has a charming little parliament! Located in the old town, is a good spot to... More

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Akron, OH
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

Visiting what may be the world's smallest parliament was interesting, but we didn't get far since we didn't have a reservation to see inside. The outside and lobby were nice, but if you want to go further, book in advance (when we went, 1/2 day would do but we weren't staying around that long).

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Zrenjanin
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80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

CASA DE LA VALL IN THE HOME WHERE IS START OF ANDORRA By Zoran Slavic In Andorra I went with the thinking that this is a real adventure. No matter what the terms of the European country, located in the Pyrenees between France and Spain, all previous findings me to the conclusion that it is a relic and a closed... More

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Vilnius, Lithuania
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

This is landmark just because it is probably the smallest parliament in the world. During the night it was hard to find it. But during the day gladly we did it. It is really small. Looks like an average stone house, but has a charm. And because of the mountain landskape, looks astonishing. If You are in Andora, You must... More

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