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Address: Carrer de la Vall s/n, Andorra la Vella AD500, Andorra
Phone Number: +376 829 129
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Description: [ING]Casa de la Vall is the ancient seat of the General Council...
[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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We didn't get to enter the building as we always arrived later in the evening, but the building itself is beautiful and the area around is a nice place to relax.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

We didn't get to enter the building as we always arrived later in the evening, but the building itself is beautiful and the area around is a nice place to relax.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

When friends are visiting this is the first place we take them. They always love it, regardless from which part of the world they come from. They find it interesting, historically wise and they love the architecture. It summarise the history and mentality of Andorra and Andorrans. To me it's the most interesting building in Andorra.

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Amman, Jordan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

I kept admiring the stone that was used to build this house...it's a distinctive feature for this part of the world...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

We turned up ad they put a tour on for us straight away. English is not well known in Andorra but this guide spoke beautiful English and was interesting and knew her subject. She was happy to take questions and appeared genuinely pleased that we took an interest. In addition to that she had bright red glasses.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

This is a small, attractive building located in Andorra's old town. There are free guided tours although I didn't take one of these myself. It is well located and there are nice views around it. If you're visiting Andorra-la-Vella, this is one of the attractions to see as part of the small old town area.

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Barnstaple, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The Casa has free tours which unfortunately I didn't do, but also has a large courtyard area where you can get some great photos of the valleys and panoramics. Only 10 minutes walk from the new town and worth seeing. If you go behind into the car park there's a little trail which leads to higher viewpoints too

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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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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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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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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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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