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Santa Coloma Church

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Address: Santa Coloma AD500, Andorra
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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Open from 15 July to 15 September. [ING]This pre-Romanesque building houses...

Open from 15 July to 15 September. [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.

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Unique church with interesting tower

This is one of the more noteworthy attractions to visit while driving through Andorra. It's free and easily accessed just 2 streets over from the main highway (CG1) at the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

This is one of the more noteworthy attractions to visit while driving through Andorra. It's free and easily accessed just 2 streets over from the main highway (CG1) at the southern edge of the town of Andorra La Vella. If you're driving, you can park in a paid parking area north of the church. A little trail leads the few... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014 via mobile

This seemingly very pretty little church was, like several others in the guidebook, closed. Nobody was around to open it either. I don't think Andorra likes visitors.

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

It's a very small stone church by the main road, we pass by the church quite often since Andorra is quite a tiny country so it's very easy to go by the church every time you go somewhere that direction. Had some pictures taken sitting outside of the church but never been inside so can't really comment about the interior.

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Brier, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 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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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 15, 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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