Our Lady of Meritxell

Our Lady of MeritxellMemorial


One 6 January in the late 12th century, villagers from Meritxell, Andorra were going to Mass in Canillo. Though it was winter, they found a wild rose in bloom by the roadside. At its base was a statue of the Virgin and Child. They placed the statue in a chapel in the church in Canillo. The next day the statue was found sitting under the wild rose again. Villagers from Encamp took the statue to their church, but the next day the statue had returned to the rose bush. Though it was snowing, an area the size of a chapel was completely bare, and the villagers of Meritxell took this to mean that they should build a chapel to house the statue, and so they did. On 8-9 September 1972 the chapel burned down and the statue was destroyed; a copy now sits in the new Meritxell Chapel.


Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Our Lady of Meritxell“. CatholicSaints.Info. 20 August 2018. Web. 30 November 2021. <>