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Plaça del Poble, Andorra la Vella, Andora, 2009[open in full screen]  

 
 

Plaça on the seventh floor? Yes this is urban square on the seventh floor.

Andorra is very small Principality, sovereign state since 1278, squeezed in the narrow Gran Valira river valley, high in the Pyrenees mountains. Average height is 1996 m [6,549 ft]. Surface area is 468 km2 [181 sq mi]. It is not surprising having in mind all of the above that space is so precious. With a strong will solution is always found.

  In the centre of the city very complex large building is erected [congress centre, various office space, 7 levels of public parking etc.]. Plaça del Poble, is on the roof of that structure.

Approach is across the bridge from the level of the 12th century Sant Esteve church on the nearby hill. On the other side of the roof you are 30 m above a ground that is how steep this hill is. Atmosphere on the square is quite charming. View of the surrounding high peaks is making you feel part of the nature. Placa del Poble, by the way, means people's place.

  Urban ambient is with well developed with few wonderful pieces of public art. This is standard part of the large city life but isolation from motorized traffic and usual urban noise present everywhere else in Andorra la Vella is really making experience on this placa unique.

Just steps away behind above mentioned church is another little plaça [outlined red on our map bellow] hidden in a maze of narrow streets.

 
           
   
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