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Casa de la Vall

Carrer de la Vall s/n, Andorra la Vella AD500, Andorra
+376 829 129
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Cultural
Owner description: [ING]Casa de la Vall is the ancient seat of the General Council: Andorra'sparliament. The building...
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Cultural
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.

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Zaragoza, Spain
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Be sure to take the free guided tour of the building. Although short, (it lasted less than half an hour) it was very informative, interesting and best of all: free!. You are taken through the old legislative and executive parliament rooms and down into the old court room. Look out for the "Wardrobe of the 7 Keys"; a beautiful piece... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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41 reviews 41 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

In a city dominated by shopping it was great to escape that part and get a feel for what old Andorra was like hundreds of years ago.

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Dublin, Ireland
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64 attraction reviews
137 helpful votes 137 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Great views of Andorra La Vella and its valley and a lovely garden behind it, very photogenic. The Casa itself is a lovely building and tours are offered. There's not much to it but it is worth a visit. The old town - where the casa is... is beautiful and without a doubt the highlight of La Vella

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Seattle Wa
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127 reviews 127 reviews
29 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

I meandered to the entrance while friends were having a beer at a near-by bar when Antonio asked if I was interested in a tour. I said yes and he informed me that the next English lang. tour would start in 20 min. I gathered the others and we were treated to an exceptional education about Andorra's government and culture.... More 

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Rotherham
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65 reviews 65 reviews
35 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

This old government building was a superbly built place, with panoramic views of Andorra La Vella. The staff were very friendly but the 'English Tour' was at a time too late for us to participate.

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Olhao, Portugal
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Andorra isn't a very rich country in monuments and history, but it gives all in conserving there small patrimony and showing him to the world. Casa del Vale was a great part in these country history, their parliament. The house is very well preserved and there are some unique features, some of them are very interesting. There are free guided... More 

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NY
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109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Casa de la Vall is the main attraction in Andora la Vella for a number of reasons. The building itself is well-preserved and very beautiful - the illumination makes it more so in the evening. So take some time to walk around it. And there is a free guided visit (you cannot visit without a guide). Local guides will proudly... More 

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Geelong, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 via mobile

Well worth a visit, plus it's free! It's amazing to think that the building was used until recently. Some of the rooms are like a scene from a movie.

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Huntingdon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Casa de la Vall is worth a visit if you ever find yourself in the tiny microstate of Andorra. There is not a lot to see in the city, but this one is worth it. The views from the front of the building overlooking the city are also pretty cool. The visit is free and the tour does not last... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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73 helpful votes 73 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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