La Vall de Boí, Spain

The Vall de Boí (Boi Valley) is a narrow, steep-sided valley and a small municipality in the province of Lleida, in the autonomous community of Catalonia. It lies in the northeastern corner of the county of Alta Ribagorça, on the edges of the Pyrenees. La Vall de Boí is located 1,111 metres above sea level, has a population of 1,090 in 2009.

Barruera is the center of the municipality.

Romanesque church, Vall de Boí

Romanesque church, Vall de Boí

The valley is well known for its nine Early Romanesque churches, making it the site of the densest concentration of Romanesque architecture in Europe.

It was designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO on 30 November 2000.

Map of Vall de Boí

Map of Vall de Boí

Cóll: The church of the Assumption.  Cardet: The church of Santa Maria.  Barruera: The church of Sant Feliu.  Erill-la-Vall: The church of Santa Eulàlia.  Boí: The church of Sant Joan.  Taüll: The church of Santa Maria and the church of Sant Climent.          Durro: Nativity of the Virgin and The small hermitage of Sant Quirc

History of the Vall de Boí

History of the Vall de Boí

Detailed map of the Vall de Boí

Map, the northern half of Vall de Boí

Map, the northern half of Vall de Boí

Map of South Vall de Boí

Map, the southern half of South Vall de Boí

“There’s one stone church in every old village”…

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