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Sant Serní de Llorts, Ordino, Andorra | © Luis Miguel Bugallo Sánchez (Lmbuga) / WikiCommons
Sant Serní de Llorts, Ordino, Andorra | © Luis Miguel Bugallo Sánchez (Lmbuga) / WikiCommons
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The Most Beautiful Buildings in Andorra

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Updated: 14 August 2017
Andorra is more known for its skiing and its shopping than its architecture. However, the country is home to a number of stunning buildings, particularly its stone Romanesque churches. From those churches to historic noble homes and modern-futuristic spas, here’s Culture Trip’s most beautiful buildings in Andorra.
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Església de Santa Coloma

The Church of Santa Coloma is located in the parish of the same name, close to the capital of Andorra La Vella. One of the most beautiful examples of Andorran Romanesque churches, it has a cylindrical bell tower—which is unique in Andorra—and dates all the way back to the 10th century. Inside is just as stunning, home to a few 12th-century Romanesque murals, as well as a wooden statue of Our Lady of Remedies and an 18th-century Baroque altar.

Santa Coloma, Andorra

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Església de Sant Esteve

The Church of Sant Esteve is another of Andorra’s charming churches. Located in the historic quarter of the capital of Andorra la Vella, it stands next to the Andorran parliament building. Rather than the cylindrical bell tower like Santa Coloma, it has a regular rectangular tower. The church was originally built in the 12th century and is also Romanesque in style, although it was renovated and added to later in the 20th century to make it larger.

Sant Esteve d’Andorra la Vella, Plaça Príncep Benlloch, Andorra la Vella, Andorra, +376 730 003

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Casa d’Areny Plandolit

Andorra’s only version of a stately home, the Casa d’Areny Plandolit, is now a museum and can be found in the village of Ordino. The house was built in the 12th century, and like many of the buildings here is made of stone. It also features intricate wrought iron balconies. The house belonged to the family of Don Guillem d’Areny-Plandolit, a prominent nobleman in Andorran history. Inside the museum, visitors will be able to see luxury pieces of 19th and 20th century objects once belonging to the family.

Casa d’Areny Plandolit, Ordino, Andorra, +376 839 760

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Sant Serní de Llorts

Andorra is home to many beautiful churches, but none quite as charming as Sant Serní de Llorts, located north of Ordino. A tiny stone church with two gable bells and an arched wooden door, it’s surrounded by cute chalet-like houses with window boxes filled with flowers. It is not actually known when the church was built, but it is Romanesque in style and features a Baroque altarpiece.

Sant Serní de Llorts, Llorts, Andorra

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Casa de la Vall

Located in the capital of Andorra La Vella is Casa de la Vall, a noble house built in 1508, and was also the seat of the oldest and most continuous parliament in Europe. Originally it was built by Antoni Busquets, a local priest, who lived here with his family. From 1701 to 2011, it was the home of the Andorran parliament, so it is filled with assembly rooms, meeting rooms, a grand entrance hall and even a criminal court. Outside the house is a sculpture of a dancing couple by the sculptor Josep Viladomat.

Casa de la Vall, Andorra la Vella, Andorra

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Caldea Spa

This building is a little controversial—you either love it or hate it. One of the most modern and futuristic-looking buildings in the whole of Andorra, it looks somewhat like a shiny rocket or a cathedral made from mirrors. The building houses the Caldea Spa—Europe’s largest mountain spa with over 323,000 square feet (30,000m2) of whirlpools, saunas, hydrotherapy bubbles, and relaxation areas.

Centro Termolúdico Caldea, Parc de la Mola, 10, Escaldes-Engordany, Andorra

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Plaça Príncep Benlloch

One of the most picturesque squares in Andorra La Vella is the Plaça Príncep Benlloch, surrounded by restaurants, cafés and shops. At its center, close to the Sant Esteve Church, is the historic Casa Guillemó, painted in white and pink and topped with a unique set of arched windows.

Plaça Príncep Benlloch, Andorra la Vella, Andorra