Sightseeing in Girona

Sights you should not miss in Girona

The historical city of the four rivers, Girona still houses medieval Roman structures and remnants of its past that witnessed Jewish, Arab and Roman diasporas setting up colonies across its landscape. In fact, a casual glance inside the fortified enclosure of La Força Vella is all it takes to be reminded of the city’s unyielding historical past.

Set up along the confluence of four rivers, Girona is located between the Costa Brava and the Pyrenean chain. So, as a traveler, you could make several trips to the city without deviating too much from your course. If you plan to visit the Costa Brava it is definately a good idea to book your Gerona at the airport so you can collect the vehicle after you get of the plane. At every corner that you turn, you will find new and scintillating gastronomic delights whipped up by combining the bounties of the ocean and the harvest of the mountains. Ensconced in the valley of Ter, this city is squarely divided into the old historic center and the modern urban area by the river Onyar.

The Catalan city is well known for its old center that was founded by the Romans around 1st century BC. The original wall and the surrounding wall gardens have been immaculately preserved.  The Cathedral of Girona which is built like a fortress at a strategic location bespeaks of its Roman origins; it is home to the widest Gothic nave in Europe. Other key examples of religious architecture include the Church of Sant Nicolau and the Benedictine Monastery. Also, noteworthy are structures which exhibit the distinctive Arab and Jewish influences that trickled into the city’s architectural heritage after centuries spent living side by side with Christian motifs. Among these are the streets of El Cal and Gerona’s Jewish quarter which had a synagogue and centers for learning Judaic and cabalistic studies.

Before you venture into the bustling and colorful streets of modern day Gerona, take some time to gather information about Girona to find out which are the most important monuments or spend a few moments on the Bell Tower of Sant Feliu or the Stone Bridge over the river Onyar, the Pont de Pedra. These locations offer an unhindered view of the city’s painted facades in rich hues of copper, blue and ochre. On the opposite bank of the river lie stunning examples of Modern Catalan art by Rafael Masó.

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