Andorra, one of the smallest countries in the world, sits high in the Pyrenees mountains between France and Spain.'The official name of Andorra in Catalan, a language that closely resembles the Provençal spoken in southern France, is Valls d'Andorra (Valleys of Andorra). Andorra la Vella (Andorra the Old) a town of about twenty-two thousand people, is the capital.

The steep rocky mountains that surround Andorra cut the country off from the rest of the world for hundreds of years. As a result, Andorra's boundaries have changed little since the Middle Ages. Andorra's legal system is based on ancient laws and common law (rules based on customs) that date from the Roman Empire.

Steep mountain peaks as high as 9,665 feet (2,946 meters) above sea level tower over the valleys of Andorra. Fields and meadows lie in the valleys, and oak, pine and fir trees cover the lower mountain slopes. Only grass grows farther up the mountainsides. The Valira del Norte (Northern Valira) and the Valira del Orient (Eastern Valira) rivers meet near the town of Andorra la Vella to form the Valira River, which flows into Spain. The main roads in Andorra follow the Valira del Norte toward France and the Valira to Spain.

Andorra is predominant Roman Catholic. Andorra began printing their stamps in 1931. Printing of Mary stamps began in 1973.

 

Spanish war stamp overprint

with «Andorra»

Timbre de guerre espagnol avec surimpression : «Andorre »

Date: 1938; Scott:

 

 

Spanish war stamp overprint

with «Andorra»

Timbre de guerre espagnol avec surimpression : «Andorre »

Date: 1938; Scott:

 

 

Sculpture of the Virgin of

Meritxell - eighth century

Sculpture de la Vierge de

Meritxell - 8e siècle

Date: 02/29/64; Scott: 57; Y & T: 60

 

 

 

Nativity - living creche

La nativité - Crèche vivante

Date: 12/05/72; Scott: 71; Y&T: 71

 

 

Hermit of Meritxell showing a sculpture

Ermite de Meritxell montrant

une sculpture

Date: 12/05/72; Scott: 73; Y&T: 75

 

 

Nativity

La nativité

Date: 12/14/73; Scott: 77; Y&T: 79

 

 

Adoration of the Kings

L’adoration des Rois mages

Date: 12/14/73; Scott: 78; Y&T: 80

 

 

Virgin of Ordino

La Vierge de Ordino

Date: 04/19/74; Scott: 79; Y&T: 81

 

 

Nativity

La nativité

Date: 12/04/74; Scott: 84; Y&T: 86

 

 

Adoration of the Kings

L’adoration des Rois mages

Date: 12/04/74; Scott: 85; Y&T: 87

 

 

Nativity

La nativité

Date: 12/03/75; Scott: 90; Y&T: 92

 

Adoration of the Magi

L'adoration des Mages

Date: 12/03/75; Scott: 91; Y&T: 93

 

 

 

 

Nativity - Wall painting in the Massana Church

La nativité - Peinture murale

dans l’église de Massana

Date: 12/07/76; Scott: 96; Y&T: 98

 

 

Adoration of the Magi - Wall

painting in the Massana Church

L’adoration des Mages -

Peinture murale dans l’église de

Massana

Date: 12/07/76; Scott: 97; Y&T: 99

Holy Family - Fresco in the church of St. Mary d’Encamp

La Sainte Famille - Fresque

dans l’église de Ste-Marie

d’Encamp

Date: 12/05/78; Scott: 106; Y&T: 111

Adoration of the Kings - Fresco in the church of St. Mary d’Encamp

L’adoration des Rois mages -

Fresque dans l’église de Ste-

Marie d’Encamp

Date: 12/05/78; Scott: 107; Y&T: 112

 

 

Nativity

La nativité

Date: 12/12/80; Scott: 124; Y&T: 129

 

Nativity

La nativité

Date: 12/12/80; Scott: 125; Y&T: 130

 

Nativity - Encamp church retable

La nativité - Rétable de l’église

d’Encamp

Date: 12/03/81; Scott: 130; Y&T: 137

 

Adoration - Encamp church

retable

L’adoration - Rétable de l’église

d’Encamp

Date: 12/03/81; Scott: 131; Y&T: 138

 

Madonna and Child - The old church of Andorra

La Madone et 1’Enfant - La

vieille église d’Andorre

Date: 12/09/82; Scott: 151; Y&T: 156

 

Nativity - Carving

La nativité – Sculpture

Date: 12/06/84; Scott: 166; Y&T: 171

 

 

 

The Immaculate Conception

L’lmmaculée Conceptiion

Date: 12/01/89; Scott: 204; Y&T: 203

 

 

Virgin - La Vierge

Fra Angelico (1395-1455)
Date: 11/29/91; Scott: 215; Y&T: 214

 

 

The Annunciation, retable of St. Eulalia Church

L'annonciation, rétable de l'église de sainte Eulalie
Andrew Martin (1753-?)

Date: 11/26/96; Scott: 241; Y&T: 240

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