Art and Culture in Andorra

Art and Culture in Andorra 

Andorra sixth smallest country in Europe sandwiched between Spain and France, what does she have to offer? Known for mountainous landscape and tax-free market, tourists from neighboring countries flock into the country. Is this the only reasons to travel to this beautiful land? Arts and culture in Andorra have a great deal to offer.

The culture in Andorra is mainly Catalan, but with a diversification that distinct it from the neighboring Catalan culture. The language of Andorra is Catalan, with Spanish and France being the other widely spoken languages. The Andorra Catalan has an accent that distinct it from the Spanish Catalan.  The culture of Andorra is clearly exhibited during the festivals. They love fetes and popular traditions. During these occasions local folk dances are played. Contrapas and marratxa are the most popular dancing style. 

The dancers dressed in traditional clothes on the streets entertain the guests with the local crowd cheering and dancing along. Most of their festivals coincide with religious ceremonies. The St. George’s day is the day when books and roses are given; the summer solstice people’s fete as also St. John’s day; St. Lucy’s fair is the day the Christmas cribs figures and elements traditionally made and other Christmas products are on offer, just to mention few examples.

The orthodox Christian denomination is the dominant religion. The churches have a history to tell on their own. With about 55 ancient churches, the small region offers the best cluster of architectural designs. The churches designed several centuries back with a lot art and inscriptions, they are must see sites. St Joan de Caselles commonly known as Canillo is a 11th and 12th century Romanesque chapel. It has Christ in Majesty, a 12th century art and retable of 16th century. Encamp or St Roma de les Bons church is a mediaeval complex that is well kept and preserved. 

Remains of dovecots and fortification are seen in Les Bons village part of the complex. The 12th century Romanesque murals and baroque retable make St Marti at La Cortinada or Ordina, a house full of treasure. Imagine 11th century murals in church on a rock! That is what St Miquel d’Engolasters or Escaldes-engordfany offers to its visitors. The churches are super rich with arts of the past. Each church has its own history to tell. These churches of Andorra are still used today hence, while visiting do not offend the congregation by reading things aloud, walking too much around, using flash while taking photos and other thing that would distract during service. 

The Andorrans have reserved history of their existence in the number of museums around the country. They show history of Andorra noble family’s life in the museum of Museu Cesa d’Areny-plandolit or Ordino. Want to view collection of Josep Viladomat’s sculptures, visit Museu Viladomat.  Arts and culture in Andorra are something worth a visit for anyone. Instead of just rushing and shopping in Andorra, take time enjoy what Andorra has to offer in its culture and art. Arts and culture in Andorra are something worth a visit for anyone. Instead of just rushing and shopping in Andorra, take time enjoy what Andorra has to offer in its culture and art.


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