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The Internal Garden of Plaça Casadet

This hidden courtyard in the Andorran capital hosts a unique contemporary sculpture park. 

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Andorra la Vella, nestled in a mountain valley, is the small capital city of the principality of Andorra. One of the smallest countries in Europe, it is located in the Pyrenees mountains on the border of France and Spain. Andorra la Vella is a beautiful city with a river running through its center and many unique sculptures for visitors to enjoy.

Several of these sculptures can be found in a small courtyard off Carrer Prat de la Creu. Located next to the Portuguese embassy, this group of unique, contemporary sculptures is known as the Internal Garden of Plaça Casadet. Inside the park are eight life-size sculptures by various artists using various hard media, such as stone and metal. 

A few of the sculptures on display include Overflow, by Jaume Plensa, Doble Imagen, by Manolo Valdés, and Robot en Suspensió, by Paul Van Hoeydonck. Robot en Suspensió was created in 1991 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Andorran Social Security Fund (CASS).

The hustle and bustle of the capital, even in such a small city, can be overwhelming for many. In such an environment, one may seek respite in a quiet place, away from the road. This is the promise of Plaça Casadet—a small island of peace and beauty, where one can simply enjoy a few pieces of art.

Know Before You Go

Located less than a mile southwest of "The Nobility of Time," this is a blink and you'll miss it attraction. The entrance to the paved courtyard is off of Carrer Prat de la Creu, nestled between a restaurant and a bank. There is a large paid parking lot on the next block.

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