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Girona

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  • Day844

    Girona

    September 27, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Northern Catalonia's largest city was known as Gerunda in Roman times. It was then taken from the Muslims by the Franks in the late 8th century, and became the capital of one of Catalonia's most important counties, falling under the power of Barcelona in the late 9th century. All this history has resulted in a historic centre with many Gothic and Romanesque buildings. We visited with friends, Hans and Mireille.

    Built over an old Roman forum, parts of the cathedral date back to the 5th century. What we see today is mostly Gothic, having been built over the Romanesque church during the 14th century, with a baroque facade. The Gothic nave (where the congregation sit) is the widest in the world, which gives a huge sense of open space. With 86 steps leading to the entrance, it towers over the historic centre. An audio guide helped us navigate around and explained the details that can go overlooked. One room was full of richly embroidered and bejeweled ceremonial robes and in the Treasury was a large tapestry from the 10th century depicting God's creation of life.

    The walkable medieval walls encompass the centre and give great views over both the modern and ancient parts of the city which is a delight to visit. You do feel as though you have taken a step back in time as you wander through the maze of narrow streets. Each building has a shop at ground level, ranging from a small supermarket or bakery to upscale designer jewellery, with 3 or 4 floors above, all painted in soft colours.

    Easily visited from Barcelona, Girona would be a great place to visit for a few days.
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  • Day7

    Castell de Montgrí, Girona& Garrotxa

    July 4 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Fazit der letzten Tage: Die mediterrane Diät funktioniert bei mir nicht und die Aioli Industrie wird mir wohl noch ein Denkmal setzen.

    Carla zeigt mir jeden Winkel „ihres“ sommerlichen Kataloniens an der Costa Brava und, ja, hier lässt sich‘s aushalten. Was für Thailand-Urlauber die Tempel, sind hier für mich die mittelalterlichen Dörfchen in denen seit 700 Jahren die Zeit stillzustehen scheint.

    Neben den Ausflügen zu kleinen Buchten in der Gegend, die man zumeist nur über den kleinen Küstenwanderweg Cami de Ronda erreicht, klettern wir in einem erloschenen Vulkankrater und besuchen Girona. Hier wird die katalanische Unabhängigkeits-Sehnsucht besonders deutlich. Von jedem zweiten Balkon hängen Plakate die politischen Gefangenen freizulassen, katalanische Flagge oder eine gelbe Schleife 🎗 als Zeichen der Unabhängigkeitsbewegung.

    Auf dem Rückweg eines längeren Laufs hoch zum Castell de Montgrí überschätze ich mich clevererweise beim Sprung über eine Reisfeld-Drainage und knacks mir mein Außenband im Fuß an. Clever so kurz vor der Dolomiten-Tour. Naja ich hab ja noch ne gute Woche zum heilen 🤓👌
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  • Day5

    Girona, Spain

    August 25, 2016 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    After the Museum of Dalí, I left Figueres and took a train to Girona where I was met by my uncles. Girona is another little town that has remnants of an ancient city as well as a river flowing through it. We walked around and enjoyed the serenity of it all and at 18:00 we were invited by a friend of my uncle's to a play. It was a group from Israel putting on a play about the aftermath of the 2009 shooting at the Bar Noar, a gay club. The play followed a few different characters that were at the club at the time of the shooting and their families as they try to cope with not only their injuries but their forced and public coming out of the closet as a result of the shooting. It was a very emotion filled show that really depicted the the situation quite accurately. The actors were all either part of the LGBT community or family of someone part of the LGBT community. It was an enjoyable eye opening experience that I enjoyed immensely.Read more

  • Day30

    Girona lite

    October 11, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    The rest of our day was pretty low key. Two things you can need a break from on a long trip are restaurant meals and spectacular things. Our lovely little Girona apartment with its little kitchen and nearby shops has helped with the restaurant break and today we did some very untouristy noodling about which had nothing to do with these photos, but they needed a home.Read more

  • Day29

    Medieval Girona

    October 10, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    We had a great day poking around this old section of Girona today. Except for all those steps. But what can you do? Girona is here because it's on a hill and could be defended. Such an interesting place - old buildings and remains thereof, of course, but lots of greenery as well. And history of course. The Romans arrived early and built some fortifications and a road which linked France and Spain (although obviously not called France and Spain back then) and the conflict started - the visigoths drove out the Romans and the Moors drove out the visigoths until Charlemagne came along and 'rescued' Girona from the Moors. More than 20 different sieges for lucky Girona over the following years resulting in the city being conquered 7 more times.Read more

  • Day30

    Muralles de Girona

    October 11, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Today we made a full frontal assault on the walls of Girona. There are a couple of different sections of wall you can walk along. There are remnants of the Roman walls, but you can climb up and walk along a Carolingian or a medieval section. The Carolingian empire consisted of a Franco Roman alliance that did OK for a century and a bit in early medieval ages. We walked the slightly more recent medieval section the views were spectacular. The downside, as with most walls, lies in all the steps - up and up.Read more

  • Day5

    Girona (cont’d)

    January 11 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 3 °C

    The 12th century saw the Jewish community of Girona flourish, having one of the most important Kabbalistic schools in Europe. The Rabbi of Girona, Moshe ben Nahman Gerondi (better known as Nahmanides or Ramban) was appointed Great Rabbi of Catalonia. The presence of the Jewish community of Girona came to an end in 1492, when the Catholic Monarchs outlawed Judaism throughout Spain and Jews were given the choice of conversion or exile.
    Today, the Jewish quarter or Call is one of the best preserved in Europe and is a major tourist attraction. On the north side of the old city is the Montjuïc (or hill of the Jews in medieval Catalan), where the Jewish cemetery was located.

    Some shots from the Game of Thrones show were filmed in front of this cathedral.
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  • Day5

    Girona Brass Lion

    January 11 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 3 °C

    Apparently... it is customary to kiss the backside of the brass lion to revive good luck and also guarantee that you will return to Girona.
    We also saw a progressively built cathedral which meant that it had bits of roman, gothic, baroque and some other period of architecture and by looking at the cathedral it was obvious which parts had been added at which time.
    This occurred over a several hundred year period as money and regional stability allowed.
    Some of the little laneways in this town were so beautiful.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Girona, Chirona, جرندة, Xerona, Горад Жырона, Херона, Ζιρόνα, Ĝirono, Gerona, خیرونا, Gérone, Xirona, Kit-lò-na̍p-sén, זירונה, Խիրոնա, ジローナ, 지로나, Gerunda, Djirona, Cherona, Žirona, Херонæ, گیرونا, Жирона, Ђирона, جیرونا, זשיראנע, 赫罗纳

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