On August 25, the Minister of Culture and Sports, Sílvia Riva, accompanied by Laura Mas,  Mayor Encamp, David Astrié, Second Mayor of Andorra la Vella, Josep Majoral, Mayor of Sant Julià de Lòria and Rosa Gili, Mayor of Escaldes-Engordany, visited the archaeological intervention works on Farga del Madriu. The project, piloted by the Department of Cultural Heritage, aims to safeguard this archaeological site and promote a unique location and unique example of the Catalan forge of the eighteenth century unprecedented in the Pyrenees.

La Farga is an archaeological site declared a Site of Cultural Interest that is located in the Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley, a cultural landscape considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It is the first comprehensive conservation project to be carried out in the valley, and it will last three years. The team is made up of technicians from the LAPA_IRAMAT laboratory, from the Association of Bâtisseurs in Pièrres Sèches, and from the Department of Cultural Heritage of the Government, in the Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley and from the community of Andorra la Vella, who will take advantage of the stay of dry-stone specialists to train our own technicians.

Along with agriculture and livestock, the steel industry has been one of the pillars of the Andorran economy in modern times. Between the 18th and 19th centuries, it is estimated that there were 16 forges in Andorra, 8 of which worked simultaneously. One of them is what is known as the Farga de Escaldes, which was built in the Madriu valley in the place that today is called Solà de la Farga. The domain of the forge extended from the Engolasters sector and the Escaldes shady area to the headwaters of the Madriu, Perafita and Claror valleys.