Santa Coloma Church
Santa Coloma Church
4.5
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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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TAMAN1951
Liberty Lake, WA8,222 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Structure is from two periods. The block structure is supposed to be 10th century while the tower came later around the 13th century.

Well maintained and I personally enjoyed learning about the use of a wooden layer between the stones to absorb earthquake shock.
Written 15 May 2023
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londonnewbride2016
London, UK57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Solo
This is a marvellous old church. Call in the museum and learn about the paintings from the super ladies who are so knowledgable. Then be accompanied over to the church for the fantastic video show inside. A real experience.
Written 28 March 2023
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WilliamWillieWilson
Nashville, TN1,609 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
We were traveling in Andorra when we stopped to tour this ancient church built in the 700s and its corresponding museum. It became one of the greatest sites we visited in all of Andorra, Spain, and Portugal combined! It’s so memorable I’ll be talking about this for a very long time! The modest-sized facility reveals an inspiring and incredible display of ancient artifacts on a much smaller scale than world-famous museums, yet equally stunning and intriguing! This is truly a hidden gem on the European continent!

Inside the museum, you’ll view scenic video of Andorra and the process by which paintings are removed from walls and reconstructed. But the real treat is to watch the video mapping laser show inside the actual church across the street from the museum. It is absolutely jaw dropping to watch how the painting of Jesus was crafted on the ceiling from the first layer to the last, and what the chapel looked like in full color before erosion set in and the paintings were eventually sold and removed from the walls. The artifacts were actually taken to a foreign land, only to be recovered by Andorra and placed inside the modern museum (they unfortunately couldn’t be put back up on the walls of the chapel).

The video mapping presentation will make you feel as though you’ve stepped back in time to see what those paintings in their original location would have looked like! This cannot be missed if you’re in Andorra or even anywhere near Barcelona!
Written 13 July 2022
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tracysJ4069BK
33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Solo
Andorra is an interesting place to visit for many reasons. I get the impression that tourism here does not follow the same calendar as most other places. Based on my experience of finding many places closed and a very limited bus schedule, I get the impression that the main tourist draw is winter attractions and not historical attractions. While I can understand this, I feel that it is truly a shame that the history of Andorra is often very difficult to discover.

This was among the only church that was open and I could visit. I don't mind paying a small fee to visit historical sites, as I understand that maintenance is required. The fee for this church included a visit to the museum across the street, which explained the history of many churches throughout Andorra. I was initially hesitant that the laser projection was going to be cheesy, but it was not! This was among my favorite experiences in Andorra.

Easy to visit via the public bus system.
Written 25 September 2019
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Jordi S
Andorra145 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Business
Santa Coloma is the most original andorran romanic church.
Its original round tower and really old worked wood entrance is more than enought to visit but recently parking arrangement that guaranty a clear church panoramic view and the recent columba space that introduce you to the andorran romanic secrets before an stonishing laser paint of original church pictures in the church itself is a must when you visit Andorra. Do not doubt. Come to Santa Coloma Church and enjoy the full visit experience from Columba space.
Written 5 July 2019
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Halcatra
Edinburgh, UK476 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
The rating shows the great disappointment with the fact that the church is close almost the whole year. For me the end of June is the summer season and I am used to the fact that wherever I go, everything is open. This church is not. It still looks quite nice from outside but I did not go there to see it just from outside.
Written 15 April 2019
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Carlo PM
London, UK495 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Solo
I came over here knowing how peculiar this church is mainly for the Tower, and I found out a lot more about this hidden gem. I have attended a free guided tour in Catalan (they provide also in French and most likely Spanish) which covered up a lot of interesting anecdotes about te building and its history. I was very impressed by the lighting installation, they reproduced missing frescos with projections but not in a banal way, it was a proper lightning and music design which I highly appreciated. I cannot even believe this is all free!
Written 2 February 2019
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Restful M
San Juan, Puerto Rico255 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Friends
What a wonderfully creative way to reconstruct the original frescoes (video that situates them in their original space). the round bell tower is different from other Romaesque churches in Andorra and has a charm of its won.
Written 2 October 2018
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califcasl
1,090 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Friends
There was not much to do or see in Andorra, as we were there before ski season. This church, however, was impressive from the outside, with a very interesting-looking tower. It was also locked. Andorra was so not the most visitor friendly place I've visited.
Written 26 September 2018
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Stadiki
Newton Abbot, United Kingdom122 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Solo
I decided to walk here from Andorra La Vella and it took me about 30 minutes along the river. I spotted it easily in the centre of town. It’s free to walk around but a gentleman told me it was closed to go inside. I wasn’t able to get any more info, not sure if it’s always closed or just the time I was there... I had looked it up online before I set off but found no information about opening times. It’s a remarkable site considering it’s the oldest church in Andorra. Well worth the walk over!
Written 27 July 2018
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