Just a little church in a Mediterranean landscape

Sant Andreu Pedrinyà

Today I am blogging about a little Romanesque church. I am aware that this humble building might not be a masterpiece of Medieval Art, but I like it very much.

Pedrinya church

The church, named Sant Andreu de Pedrinyà, is hidden in a wonderful Mediterranean countryside (Baix Empordà), 10 minutes away (bicycling) from the village of Púbol. Getting to this church by car must be a sin.

Sant Andreu

There is not much to say about this old little church. It was built in the 11th-12th centuries.

Romanesque in Empordà

It has a very simple structure: one single nave, with almost no ornamentation.

Wall Sant Andredu

Its portal is … simple:

Romanesque portal Pedrinya

The two main features that you can see in the pic above are the ancient door and the modern umbrella … but in that magic portal you may turn 180 degrees around without stopping to see the beauty of creation:

View from the portal

The church dark interior was originally decorated with colorful frescoes, from the 12th century, representing Christ Panthocrator within a mandorla (i.e: vesica piscis) surrounded by emblems of the evangelists; and the Virgin with scenes from the life of Jesus. Today, those ancient frescoes are displayed at the Art Museum of Girona, half an hour drive (by car) from the church (driving a car to Girona is not a sin). 

This is Girona:

Girona 1

Thanks God, some masterpieces made by the hand of Mother Nature still remain just in front of this little church, like an olive tree …


… a fig tree full of delicious figs …


… flowers …

Flowers in Sant Andreu

No doubt. This is a Mediterranean territory …

Mediterranean territory

Sant Andreu Emporda

Romanesque Sant Andreu

If you ever visit this little jewel, most probably you won’t see a soul around, except, perhaps, a meticulous farmer, a tired bicyclist …

Mediterranean farmer

But I bet you won’t see a tourist. Those insane people (tourists are insane because: 1- they put their trust in standard tourist guides 2- usually they love to travel in group 3- they don’t follow my blog) don´t dare to go off the beaten path.

Gala Dali Castle Pubol

The beaten path in this case is the “Castle of Púbol” (pic above); the palace that Salvador Dalí bought and decorated for his wife Gala. Púbol, as I said before, is just a 10 minutes ride (bicycling) away from the Sant Andreu de Pedrinyà church. Púbol is part of the so-called “Dalí Triangle”, a famous touristic attraction

Dali shop in Pubol

As my loyal readers may well know, the two other parts of the Dalí Triangle are Portlligat and Figueres.

Sant Andreu Pedrinya

Tourists visiting the Dalí-Gala Castle of Púbol do not realize that just a few kilometers (miles) off the beaten path there is a charming Mediterranean landscape with a little Romanesque jewel in the middle of it …

A little church in a Mediterranean landscape

Today is December 24. I know that the little church featured in this post is not super spectacular, but little things can be really Great when a star shines in the winter sky … specially in the Mediterranean territories …

I wish a merry Christmas to my little bunch of digital friends.

Btw: this is my post number 100.


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27 Responses to Just a little church in a Mediterranean landscape

  1. Sue Sharpe says:

    Merry Christmas to you too! I shall raise a glass of wine to the next 100 posts! 🙂

  2. aworldoffilm says:

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  3. Congratulations on post #100! It’s always a pleasure to get off the beaten track with you and discover these special places.

  4. Sarah says:

    Congrats on your one hundredth post! This church is lovely. I like the simplicity of it. Thank you for highlighting it for your non-tourist readers. 🙂

  5. Trish says:

    Want to go there, to Sant Andreu! Joyeux Noël Covetotop. Sorry I can’t at this moment remember how to say it in Spanish. I have to tend to the turkey.

  6. Trish says:

    I just found the phrase I need on eastofmalaga.net (do you know that blog?): ¡Feliz Navidad!

  7. harri8here says:

    Congratulations on 100 super spectacular entries. They are all gifts and your little bunch of digital friends are all very fortunate to have found you. Especially me :).
    This is a gem of a post for Christmas … thank you (i’ve been reading it in very flooded Somerset).
    Happy Christmas C2T, abrazo.

    • Covetotop says:

      If I were Shakespeare, most probably I would be able to write the response you deserve. Unfortunately, I just can say simple sentences in English, but they are sincere: Thank you very much. Blogging for friends like you is a privilege. I hope the sun will shine soon in Somerset.

      Happy Christmas HR8, abrazos. 🙂

  8. Thanks for sharing this peaceful little Romanesque church with us Covetotop! Merry Christmas to you too 🙂

  9. Aggie says:

    Merry Christmas, Covetotop!

  10. Christina says:

    Merry Christmas to you too and congrats on your 100th post! Thanks for sharing this lovely church. With the green trees and flower, it seems to be Summer there! (This is a great holiday gift considering all the winter weather and bare trees right now.) 🙂

    • Covetotop says:

      Thank you, Femme au Collier Jaune! I took those pics in early autumn. I thought this little church would be a nice Christmas post. In winter it is nice too, but I preferred these colourful, lush pics 🙂

  11. Aquila says:

    Bon Nadal, Feliz Navidad, Joyeux Noël, Merry Christmas Covetotop!
    Confrats on your 100th post and thanks for such a beautifully simple little Romanesque church to brighten Christmas.

  12. a ferreira says:

    This beautiful little church in its charming environment is perfect for a Christmas post.
    Humility and simplicity: that’s the real message of Christmas, thank you for reminding us!

  13. What a lovely, secluded spot. Congratulations on your 100th, especially as all your posts are always so rich in content and passion. Keep up the great stuff!

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