The Sanctuary of Meritxell

1978
Canillo, Andorra
Hormigón Arquitectónico en Santuario de Meritxell

The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Meritxell is located in the Andorran town of Canillo. The original Romanesque structure was destroyed by a fire in 1972. The new building project was commissioned by the architect Ricardo Bofill and it officially opened in 1978.

Hormigón Arquitectónico en Santuario de Meritxell
Hormigón Arquitectónico en Santuario de Meritxell
Hormigón Arquitectónico en Santuario de Meritxell
Hormigón Arquitectónico en Santuario de Meritxell
Hormigón Arquitectónico en Santuario de Meritxell
Hormigón Arquitectónico en Santuario de Meritxell
Hormigón Arquitectónico en Santuario de Meritxell
Hormigón Arquitectónico en Santuario de Meritxell

Bofill presented a sanctuary conceived with the intention of creating a large space that fitted harmonously into the landscape. The new structure was inspired by the original sources of Alberti and Palladio, and is also influenced by Catalan-Mudéjar style.

Escofet provided architectural concrete pieces with a structural and supportive function for the arches and pillars that characterize the Sanctuary, as well as the indoor and outdoor vibrazolit pavements.

Hormigón Arquitectónico en Santuario de Meritxell

Photographies: Ricardo Bofill

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