- Issue date: 21/04/2017
- Printing Process: Offset
- Paper: Engomado
- Size of stamp: 28.8 x 40.9 mm
- Sheet effects: 25
- Postal value of the stamps: 1.25 €
- Print run: 70.000
EUROPE. CASTLES. Castell de les Bons
The impressive defensive tower of the Sant Romà de les Bons castle, also known as the “Torre dels Moros”, stands on a rocky promontory in the highest part of Les Bons, a village in the parish of Encamp.
Over ten metres tall, with a square floor plan and defensive elements such as embrasures and machicolations, it has deteriorated somewhat over the centuries. Fortunately, it has now been restored so that tourists and travellers can explore its defensive bastions and spiral staircase, and enjoy the sweeping view from Encamp to the valley of Valira del Nord, site of the parish of Canillo and Pas de la Casa, the only natural pass over the mountains between France and Andorra.
The tower once formed part of a defensive compound, of which only the vestiges of the perimeter wall and part of one of the arches of the access bridge remain.
The lack of documentation and archaeological materials makes it difficult to date exactly, but based on its characteristics, archaeologists believe it was built between the 13th and 16th centuries.
Near the tower, the church of Sant Romà de les Bons dates back to the 12th century. The most iconic building in the heritage site of Les Bons, it was restored under the orders of historian Pere Canturri in 1978-1979.
In the Lombard-Romanesque style, with a single nave covered by a barrel vault and a semicircular apse facing east, the church houses replicas of Romanesque paintings from the 12th century, remains of Gothic paintings from the 16th century and a late Gothic altarpiece. Its façade features a 16th century portico which provides shelter for visitors.
The heritage site of Les Bons monumental site is a good example of the rich historical, artistic and monumental heritage of the Principality of Andorra.