Sheep Shearers at Cremat de Anyós House


This photograph from the early 20th century shows Andorran sheep shearers at work at a house in the village of Anyós in La Massana parish in the Principality of Andorra. The raising of sheep for high-quality wool was for centuries the mainstay of the Andorran economy, where only about two percent of the land was suitable for raising crops. The Andorrans also raise cattle and mules. Anyós is one of the main villages of La Massana, which is one of seven parishes in the principality, on its west side, and abuts the borders with France and Spain. The area is largely rural and includes the tallest mountain in Andorra, Pic de Coma Pedrosa, at 2,943 meters above sea level. Large flocks of sheep and goats from Spain and France often summer in Andorra.

Last updated: June 30, 2016