Central dome in the Romanesque church of Durro, Vall de Boí, Pyrenees, Spain

remote vall de boi and preserved past

It is 2098 and the UNESCO adds to the catalogue of cultural heritage the last nine public telephone cabins in a remote almost abandoned town north of Glasgow, Scotland. Especially two of them that are still kept in very good shape at the lobby of the town’s hotel. Hundreds of Chinese tourists line to make a call home from the one still functional.

It was the year 2000 when UNESCO catalogued the nine 11th and 12th century Romanesque churches in Vall de Boí. First brought to the attention of the world in the beginning of the 20th century, they remained Romanseque all those years in the remote valley of Boí. Unchanged because of the lack of regional wealth to turn them into a more modern Gothic version of themselves, after once the noble family of Erill, enriched after taking part on the “Reconquista”, commissioned them to the best Italian architects of the time.