This is the bridge in the central part 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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pajaran (49183) 2011-08-23 2:37
Vrlo interesanta i dobar tekst o gradu i njegovoj istoriji ...
Lep pogled na most interesantne, lepe konstrukcije i pogled na deo grada, lepa fotografija.
Dobra ostrina snimka, kontrast, kompozicija i prikaz lepim bojama.
Imajte lep dan i vreme, sve najbolje.
Very interesting and good article about the city and its history ...
A beautiful view of the most interesting, beautiful design and look at the part of the city, beautiful photos.
Good severity recording, contrast, composition and display of beautiful colors.
Have a nice day and time, all the best.
sabermonajati (8989) 2011-08-23 5:06
interesting structure you captured.
Sergiom (55735) 2011-08-23 5:33
Une trиs belle composition. La lumiиre est superbe et parfaitement gйrйe.
Le petit pont guide le regard dans l'image et lui donne une belle profondeur.
DjoleEric (0) 2011-08-23 7:27
I wish one day I learn that the first such photos.
A beautiful display of colors.
I am new to you and we hope to be nice to hang out.
Have a nice day.
saxo042 (37024) 2011-08-23 7:52
This modern bridge provides a fine pattern here. A very interesting and attractive street scene. A very impressive landscape view!
ikeharel (53415) 2011-08-23 10:12
Excelent take from this POV, inclusive view on the string-bridge, Serghei.
Good depth show the houses on BG, and mountains ridge on far side, clearity and light were superb.
*** sorry for the loss of smileis, used my allotement for the day.
lousat (73149) 2011-08-23 10:46
Hi Serghei,what a nice choice of point of view to create this interestng composition.Very rich of details and elements,a lot of modern architechtures and a great sharpness too.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
i9l2y1m8a8t3 (4790) 2011-08-23 11:08
Great capture on this town, love the lines and nice details of the bridge. Nice background too, gives us a nice and very minimal view on the town which makes the viewers look for more. Nice composition!
Have a great day,
bema (26287) 2011-08-23 11:16
an impressive building, situated inside a really charming town.. like a lot your previous captures and this one hee, from this, for me, still uknown place and part of europe..
thanks for sharing, see you around, greetings bernd
dkmurphys (47230) 2011-08-24 2:10
A lovely shot over this modern bridge. The little country must be a small mountain paradise as I see here. Good work, have a great day.
rodgerg (55767) 2011-08-24 2:27
The bridge and the POV well selecetd give a very nice graphic effect. Image full of life with the two passing peoples well located. I like too the BG with the coloured house nad the mountain.
Have a nice day,
danyy (0) 2011-08-24 12:46
agrйable petite ville au pied des montagnes, montagnes trиs prйsentes sur Trek Earth ces derniers jours.
Le pont cache un peu l'arriиre plan, mais il est si beau qu'on lui pardonne.
RhodieIke (11512) 2011-08-24 13:01
Hi Serghei, What a super photo and interesting note of Andorra La Vella, fantastic colours, light and presentation,love your angle and looking up through the bridge and the inclusion of the two people, Well done, Cheers Iain.
sacavem (18610) 2011-08-25 3:38
Very nicely captured and composed shot from a very good POV.
Good work to capture this image.Very nice colours, and sharpness.
Selmik (3132) 2011-08-25 5:18
а ты, я вижу, опять в путешествии :-)
Очень милая высокогорная страна, вспомнилась поездка в Испанию в 96 и, естественно в Андорру. Уютные улочки, тишина и неторпливость. У них, как помнится, нет даже армии своей, а полицейских было тогда всего 5 на всю страну :-)
Хороший кадр знаменитого мосточка с видом на *городской проспект* :-)
Удачых поездок и хорошей погоды,
fanni (14377) 2011-08-25 11:19
что-то я тут замоталась с работой.. творческие мысли временно были вытеснены. Но вот я снова "в строю", и даже смотрю вот на эту фоту:)
Да, интересный ракурс! Сложноватая композиция, но вы отлично ее запечатлели.
Главное, все так интересно, живенько, блестяще ;)
Эх. надо бы тоже смотаться в Андорру.
с октябрятским приветом,
ЗЫ. два пойнта - по шкале ТЕ ;-)
josepmarin (57593) 2011-08-26 0:21
As already I commented on you before, in your photos of the streets of Andorra I might appear, because these days I was there.
I like this framing which works very well for to catch the interesting structure of this beautiful bridge (called Bridge of Paris), under a good light and with a good chromatic level, and at the same time, including a few persons to give scale to the place.
In my gallery there is some photo of this bridge.
elenimavrandoni (14241) 2012-11-08 12:00
Hello Serghei, great shot of the centre of Andorra la Vella. Beautiful point of view and wonderful execution!