On this last day of the year I'm going through photos taken this year and choosing some without regard to theme, though a majority of my favorites are still those taken in Spain that have yet to appear here. Click any photo, especially the third one, to see in higher resolution.
My favorite Sanctuary both the restored (after a fire) original and the modern arch-filled Sanctuaria de Meritxell (pronounced Merry Chell) in Andorra, a small country between Spain and France.
The Original Sanctuaria de Meritxell after restoration.
New Sanctuaria de Meritxell.
These two buildings, splendidly set in the heart of the Pryanees, perfectly represent the past and present of religious art in Andorra.
And while in Andorra, another favorite--my favorite cottage--is also located on the grounds of the two Sanctuaries and is now used as a gift and memento shop.
Slate-covered cottage and path in Andorra