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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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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Rotherham
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60 reviews 60 reviews
36 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

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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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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178 reviews 178 reviews
74 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 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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26 reviews 26 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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59 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
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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120 reviews 120 reviews
15 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 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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12 helpful votes 12 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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99 helpful votes 99 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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40 helpful votes 40 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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28 helpful votes 28 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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