Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Church of St. Columba, Santa Coloma, Andorra la Vella, Andorra

Andorra is a tiny country, a democratic blend with Princes, between France and Spain in the Pyrenees. Catalan is spoken among the some 70,000 residents. Orthodox Christianity took hold here in earliest times, and has retained that character ever so faintly still, despite influences of later France and Spain to substitute those areas' determination to convert these Orthodox to Roman Catholicism. Santa Coloma was a martyr, and this church was built in the 800's. Sources generally: History of Andorra -

The main city is Andorra la Vella, where this old church is located and, as befits stone and isolation, well preserved.

Distinguishing the Saints:

1.  Santa Coloma was a nun at Tabanos monastery, beheaded by the Moors for her religious beliefs in 853, according to some.  Christians retrieved her body from the river Guadalquiver.  Relics remain in Old Castile.  See

But is this aother St. Columba, who is said to have died in 258 or 273?  See  That site says the Huguenots, reformers, scattered her relics. Look up Wikipedia at St. Columba of Sens to find a collection of folklore, that always should be preserved for whatever true nuggets may lie within, that she was a witch before converting; and that she was killed for her resisting rape.

2.  Another Saint Columba was Colm or Columcille, a male, Celtic Christianity era, see

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