Our Lady of Meritxell is an Andorran Roman Catholic statue depicting an apparition of the Virgin Mary. Our Lady of Meritxell is the patron saint of Andorra. The original statue dated from the late 12th century. However, the chapel in which it was housed burned down on September 8 1972, and the statue was destroyed. A replica can be found in the new Meritxell Basilica, designed in 1976 by Ricardo Bofill.
The Catalan philologist Joan Coromines says that "Meritxell" is a diminutive of merig, from the Latin meridiem. Merig is a name used by shepherds to denote a pasture with lot of sun.
Official website http://www.santuariodemeritxell.com/ca/
Phone +376 851 253
Address 8 Camí del Santuari, AD100, Andorra
Coordinates 42°33'18.712" N 1°35'26.823" E