This is the new blocks of Andorra La Vella.
Andorra la Vella is the capital of the Co-principality of Andorra, and is located high in the east Pyrenees between France and Spain. It is also the name of the parish that surrounds the capital.
The principal industry is tourism, although the country also earns foreign income from being a tax-haven. Furniture and brandies are local products.
Andorra la Vella is located in the south west of Andorra, at 42°30′N 1°30′E, at the confluence of two mountain streams, the Valira del Nord and the Valira del Orient, which join to form the Gran Valira. It adjoins the urban area of Escaldes-Engordany. Being at an elevation of 1,023 metres (3,356 ft), it is the highest capital city in Europe and a popular ski resort.
It has a temperate climate with cold winters and warm, drier summers. Temperatures range from an average of around −1 °C (30 °F) in January to around 20 °C (68 °F) in July; there is 808 millimetres (31.8 in) of precipitation a year.
The site of Andorra la Vella (literally, "Andorra the Old") has been settled since prior to the Christian era — notably by the Andosin tribe from the late Neolithic. The state is one of the Marca Hispanica created and protected by Charlemagne in the eighth century as a buffer from the Moorish settlers in the Iberian Peninsula.
The settlement of Andorra la Vella has been the principal city of Andorra since 1278 when the French and the Episcopal co-princes agreed to joint suzerainty. Andorra La Vella's old town — the Barri Antic — includes streets and buildings dating from this time. Its most notable building is the Casa de la Vall — constructed in the early sixteenth century — which has been the state's parliamentary house since 1702. Andorra la Vella was, during this period, the capital of a largely isolated and feudal state, which retained its independence due to this principle of co-sovereignty.
Well into the twentieth century, the area around Andorra La Vella remained largely forgotten; indeed the state was not part of the Treaty of Versailles, simply because it was not noticed. After political turmoil in the 1930s and an attempted coup by Boris Skossyreff, an informal democracy developed.
In 1993, the country's first constitution formalised this parliamentary democracy with executive, legislative, and judicial branches located in Andorra la Vella.
During this period, Andorra also developed as a tax haven, resulting in the construction of modern banking offices in Andorra La Vella. The city also developed its skiing facilities, to the extent that Andorra la Vella was Andorra's applicant city for the XXI Olympic Winter Games, the 2010 Winter Olympics. However, Andorra la Vella was not selected by the IOC as a candidate city, following the evaluation report of an IOC commission. It also hosted both the 1991 and 2005 Games of the Small States of Europe.
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erhan1958 (15479) 2011-07-27 1:01
priver my friend
is an interesting country
How many miles to Barcelona?.
I would like to visit too. andorra bonus on this trip
lousat (81734) 2011-07-27 1:45
Hi Serghei,a very good choice of point of view to create this neverending perspective so nice and so full of details and colors,great sharpness and light balance,i never been there and your pic is very interesting.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano
kordinator (19888) 2011-07-27 3:24
Fantastic presentation of Andorra.
Excellent angle shooting with a large depth of field.
There are many colorful details, but it is perfectly clear compozicija.
Svetlosrt is perfect and the work perfect.
Best regards my friend
Sergiom (66333) 2011-07-27 4:27
La capitale du magasinage sans taxe. Toutes les boutiques de luxe qui se suivent les unes sur les autres ne rйussissent pas а cacher la beautй du dйcor environnant.
danos (89935) 2011-07-27 9:31
great the creative perspective from the sides of the road as we can see the depth of the woody Mt.on the backdrop.I like the houses on the Mt.as teh impressive view from over there.
adramad (40200) 2011-07-27 11:08
Superb good perspective of this beautiful composition that contrasts the activity of this commercial street, with the image of the mountain to the bottom and the population that sits halfway up the mountain, I like the color of the light touch of the hotel.
Superb sharpness in a pretty light day gives you a beautiful color.
bema (26363) 2011-07-27 11:25
an very intersting street view and a lot of informations due to your kind note.. like a lot that high rising outlook, great depth and a eal alpine feeling, too..
thanks for sharing, see you around, kind regards Bernd
holmertz (44496) 2011-07-27 12:08
An interesting note and an interesting picture. The city looks very tightly packed, probably because of the lack of space in such a small country consisting mainly of mountains. The steep hill rises dramatically at the end of the street. Good sharpness and many eye-catching red details.
fanni (14381) 2011-07-27 13:30
Привет, Сергей :)
композиция, однако, интересная! такое ощущение возникает, что всё вокруг вытянуто и стремится, так сказать, ввысь, к солнцу, к облакам!:)
Элементы красного цвета очень даже кстати тут. А уж кусочек идиллически синего неба довершает сию замечательную картину :)
ЗЫ. значит, жаритесь и вы там под солнцем... не только мы в Москве.
emka (85311) 2011-07-27 23:42
I like your Spanish series very much. Fantastic shots you made there. Awesome photo also this one. Stunning depth, excellent sharpness, colours, all first class.
Have a beautiful day
s_lush (16134) 2011-07-28 0:00
В этом снимке уместилось все, или почти все, чем привлекает к себе Андорра, и хорошая порция ее территории. Композиция получилась глубокая и высокая, а в ширину - насколько позволила улица. Очень красочный и какой-то праздничный вид (наверное это из-за красных элементов дизайна и рекламы, которые у меня ассоциируются с красными флагами когда-то вывешиваемыми на наших улицах по праздникам). Классно вышло!
Что касается коллег в Люксе, есть контакт с claudeD, хорошим ТЕ-фотографом оттуда.
siamesa (27761) 2011-07-28 0:55
Bom dia Serghei
Amazing view with this way down and the mountain in background.Very attractive these flowers along the street. TFS
Bergenphotos (2640) 2011-07-28 1:51
I am glad to see an image from Andorra. I guess this shows pretty much what this country is. You've got the tall mountains, the houses in the hillside and the narrow city center. For me, this is "the definition of Andorra". Great!
RhodieIke (11742) 2011-07-28 22:10
Hi Serghei,Great modern colourful photo of Andorra street with a fantastic mountain backdrop,Super daily life, Have a good weekend, Cheers Iain.
dkmurphys (52285) 2011-07-29 5:52
Great city scape. A beautiful modern street that ends into the mountain. Fine work, enjoy a great weekend.
ikeharel (62159) 2011-07-31 1:40
A colorful image on modern main street Andora, good depth and details.
Have a nice week ahead,
macjake (60664) 2011-08-08 15:09
we don't get to see too many photo's from Andorra, so this is a welcome sight.
love the tunnel type vision, narrowing as it gets deeper. Also, the height progression is attractive.
lots to like about the composition.
josepmarin (57885) 2011-08-17 0:34
when you reported to me that you were visiting Barcelona, I answered you that we might not meet because I was moving to Andorra for my vacations. But I did not know that also you would visit this small country; and I was there that day!
If I had known it, we could have met, I'm so sorry....
Your photo of the Avenue Meritxell, with its vital atmosphere and its decorative flowers, with Engolasters hanging in the mountain in background, is very pleasant for me, that I know very well this place.
A nice work.
Juzo (4363) 2012-03-24 21:38
We rarely see images from this tiny country. The setting amongst the hills looks quite nice, this commerical street could be in a city in Asia even, with all the signange. Well composed straight down the line, we also catch a glimpse of the setting.