Santuario de Meritxell, Meritxell

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Walk under the freestanding archways and glimpse the mountains through the glass roof and windows of the cathedral at Santuario de Meritxell, part of a route comprised of five sanctuaries deemed important centers of Marian devotion. This sanctuary features an Andorran Roman Catholic statue depicting the apparition of the Virgin Mary that dates back to the late 12th century. It is widely considered an international destination of faith and culture. Call ahead to check opening hours and tour availabilities. Use our Canillo trip itinerary site to add Santuario de Meritxell and other attractions to your Canillo vacation plans.
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  • The sanctuary of Meritxell is a church different from all the others. Modern and simple, is a quiet place, at least at the last minute (about 6 p.m.). It contrasts with the current design of the Temple of the Virgin and child carved a few centuries ago. Highly recommended.
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  • The new Church has a modernist and minimalist design. It is not something too usual in a country with so much history and traditions like Andorra. It is very nice and cozy, and above all, different. On your side - not always open to the public - is the original sanctuary of typical Andorran architecture, made of stone and slate roofs. It is very old and it is very beautiful to walk through the grounds that so many people have traveled over the centuries. It is well worth visiting the shrine of the patron saint of Andorra. By your side you will also find a restaurant, typical for the tourists, to average prices and food reasonable, but my recommendation would be that, just going down, about the same CG-2, is the bleeding, which is a different level, with virtually the same restaurant prices.
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  • Marian shrine very welcoming and integrated in the environment, with architectural design by Ricard Bofill. Imprescinsible visit him in winter surrounded by snow
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  • The new interior is cold and uninviting. You will not have access to the entire building just a couple of rooms. I would only go for the impressive size and nice views. For a new place like this, you would think they would invest in better bathrooms.
  • Nice. But not easy to find way around
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  • Ecclesiastical complex comprising two buildings; the original Hermitage, (small Romanesque style building, very well preserved, although not open to visitors) and the new Church (a building, which can be accessed by elevator or ramp.) Its interior is far from the Church as we conceive it, since the altar is in the middle and the parishioners feel both front and back, and on both sides, creating a cross. Smooth white walls combined with large windows that give it very clearly. Stands very much Romanesque figure of the Virgen de Meritxell.) Must-see!
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  • Shrine of the patron saint of Andorra. Consists of two buildings: the old sanctuary, burned down in the 1970s, and new construction. The original shrine was Romanesque style and was completely renovated in the 17TH century. In the fire vanished Romanesque sculpture of the Virgin, the oldest of the Principality, which, until then, was worshipped. The new building was opened in 1976. Inside it is continues to venerate a replica of the Romanesque sculpture of the Virgin which was destroyed in the fire.
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