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church Sant Nicolau
The simple but nice Lombard Romanesque church of Sant Nicolau was built in 11th century and has an octagonal dome and an interesting nave. It was originally built with four apses but after the remodelling in the 12th century lost one apse.
There also some early Christian remains at the basement (probably from the 4th century)
It was the last monument I saw in Girona before the sun went down, so were kind of tired of walking all day and then we just looked for a nice tapa bar.
Address: Carrer de Sant Lucia
Directions: North part of the old town, across the street from the Monestary Sant Pere de Galligants
Monastary Sant Pere de Galligants
Actually this Benedictine monastery that dates from the 11th century houses the Archeological Museum since 1846.
We took several pictures from the back gardens. It was built in Catalan Romanesque style, it’s quite big with three naves and fours apses but we liked the octagonal bell tower and the interesting cloister. The museum holds a selection of roman sculptures and several artefacts that were found in Girona from prehistorical to the Middle Ages.
It is open daily 10.00-13.30, 16.00-19.00 (closed on Mondays). On Sundays 10.00-14.00.
The entrance fee is 2.30euro.
Address: Carrer de Sant Lucia 8, 17007 Girona
Directions: At the north part of the Old Town, a few meters away from the Arab baths
Arab Baths - the dressing room
The Romanesque building was built at the end of the 12th century (1194) just in style that was popular that era and the most popular were the moslem baths. After the serious damage caused by the siege of 1283 there was a reconstruction in 1294. The name “Arab Baths“ became popular in the 19th century and became public property in 1929. It was privately owned in the 15th century and since 1617 occupied by a capuchin convent(they used it as a kitchen and laundry though!). That’s all the info I had about the Arab Baths through the leaflet they give at the entrance.
You can easily walk around in a few minutes. What you can see here are the Apodyterium (dressing rooms-pic 1), the Frigidarium(cold room), the Tepidarium(warm room), the Caldarium(hot room) and the Furnus(Oven and Boiler). In this order you would see the rooms even if the Baths were still in use because every rooms serves a different purpose. Then you can go up take a last pic of the roof (pic 2) before exit the building.
The Arab baths are open daily 10.00-19.00 (Sundays/holidays till 14.00). During winter period (October-march) daily 10.00-14.00
The entrance fee is only 2 euro. Reduced ticket: 1€ (students, retired persons, children under 16)
Address: Carrer Ferran el Catòlic
Directions: At the Old Town, a few meters away from church Saint Feliu
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Along our walk on the roman walls we walked several times to climb up the towers but also to check some nice peaceful gardens occupied only by some small birds. Jardins d’Alemanys (pic 1), Jardins de La Francesa (pic 2) and Jardins de la Muralla are some of them with some restored roman buildings although you can see mostly ruins. The most weird name of all the gardens is Jardins de John Lennon at the other side of the walls after the Archeological Museum.
We also stopped to check Girona’s University (pic 4) where the voices of the students standing at the courtyard were so loud that we wonder how the others could pay attention to the professors inside! :) The university was founded in 1445 by King Alfonso the Magnanimous focusing on several subjects like philosophy, medicine etc. The university was suspended by Philip V in 1717 but opened again in 1991. It is located on plaza de Sant Domenec 3
Address: Old Town (Barri Vell)
Directions: along the fortified walls
fortified walls in Girona
This was the best part of our visit to Girona, the roman walls. It was very typical in medieval period the cities to have fortified walls around for secure against the sieges. The walls that date back to the romans are so well restored that you walk on them around the Old Town for many minutes(pic 1). We’ve done it all and we had some nice photos (pics 2-3) over the city at several viewpoints that most of the times are the towers (old and new) along the walls (you have to climb some steps most of the times but worth the effort).
We also saw some relaxing gardens along the way and we saw only two other visitors from one side to the other!! The Passeig de archeologic (archeological walk) runs around the city while the Passeig de la Muralla (wall walk) takes you inside the wall itself.
The fortified walls are open 8.00-22.00
Address: Old Town (Barri Vell)
Directions: there are several entrances, most of the visitors start behind the Cathedral
church of Sant Feliu by night
The church of Sant Feliu is the second important church in Girona just a few steps away from the Cathedral. What I liked more here is the elegant bell tower, a unique piece of art on its own that you can enjoy day and night (pics 1-2). It is also a mix of different styles (like the cathedral) because the construction lasted from the 11th to the 18th century so you can see Romaneque, Gothic and Baroque elements. The leaflet of the church informs that it has the appearance of fortification because it was built outside of the city walls. The interior isn’t so impressive though, very simple but I liked the vitro windows. There is an alabaster statue of Christ (pic 3), six early Christian sarcophagus from 4th century and an altarpiece from 16th century.
The church is dedicate to Saint Feliu, a catalan saint and martyr in Girona (died in 304 during the Diocletian persecutions) after traveling from Carthage (Tunisia) with St. Cucuphas to Spain as a missionary. The church has also a chapel dedicated to Saint Narcisus, the patron saint of Girona. The story says that in 1285 during a siege a group of French troops entered the church and opened the sarcophagus of Saint Narcisus. Poisonous flies emerged and killed the many french troops and their horses so the ones that survived abandoned the siege to Girona. In 1653 the city supposed to been resqued again with the same way, flies from the sarcophagus attacked to the French army! That’s why in our days you can buy touristic magnets for your fridge in fly-shape! I guess the French tourists prefer something else :)
The church is open to visitors 10.00-12.30 and 16.00-18.00
Address: Plaça de Sant Feliu
Directions: It is above Plaza de Sant Feliu across the Ponte de Sant Feliu on the north part of town.
Catedral de Santa María de Gerona
Oh god, when I saw the cathedral from the bottom of the stairs that lead to it I noticed how impressive it is. We walked up the steps on the baroque stairway of the cathedral which is located on the highest point of the Old Town. It was closed so we walked around a bit till we return again and walk again the steps (yes, perfect for aerobic exercise but not when walking around all day).
The cathedral started to built in 1038 but the construction continued the next 6 centuries (!) so you can see different styles on it. The first building was built in Romanesque style (still visible on the cloister and the tower of Charlemagne) but redesigned in 1312.
The nave is really wide -about 23 meters- in gothic style (only St.Peter in Rome wider, at 46m!). The façade has a quite interesting catalan baroque style. We loved some beautiful relief sculptures. The nicely decorated tapestry (called Tapis de la Creacio) is also interesting representing characters from the Bible (too bad photo aren’t allowed). The cathedral is dedicated to Saint Mary (Catedral de Santa María de Gerona).
After our visit we stand outside on the stairway where many students gather and we enjoyed the sun and the photo exhibition on the side wall (pic 3)
The cathedral is open daily 10.00-20.00 (November-march till 19.00). The entrance fee is 5euro. During worship you can only visit the treasury and cloister (3 euro). It is free on Sunday (you can only see the treasury and cloister till 14.00).
Address: Plaza de la Catedral, 17004 Girona
Directions: between the Call and church Sant Feliu
Phone: 0034 972 21 58 14
small alley in Girona's Old Town
The old town of Girona (Barri Vell) is the main reason to visit Girona anyway. I guess noone comes here for the Eixample (the modern part) that has a lot of shops, restaurants etc but nothing unique for the visitor. We did it only on foot of course and we enjoyed a lot just to stroll around inside the Old Town before we headed into the main attractions (most of the monuments, churches and museums are there anyway and in walking distance one from the other). What I liked most was that we got lost in the small medieval alleys and cobbled streets that were isolated and for a moment we forgot that we are in 2009 (a bike that passed by spoiled the dream but…). I even tried to get into some big wooden doors (pic 4) to see the courtyard at the interior of some (private) buildings.
The Call is the old jewish district (restored in 1980s) and probably the most beautiful part of the Old Town. All the streets here are actually narrow alleys with steps that lead to a dead end sometimes and early in the morning was easy to go up and down but later it became trouble when the temperature was high but as I said it is very atmospheric to walk around here. Check the old synagogue and the museum of the History of Jewish people where you will learn that this area had a strong jews community from the 10th century until the end of 15th century when the catholics chase them away from Spain.
On Rambla de la Libertat (pic 5)we found many cafes and modern shops (mainly for clothing), probably a nice place to relax later and watch the people passing by at the outdoor cafes as it is the centre of the daily like in the city. At the beginning of this tree-lined street is the Tourist Info by the way.
Address: Old Town (Barri Vell)
Directions: next to the river Oynar
Pont de Pedra
The bridges over river Onyar are a nice way to walk from one side (Barri Vell) to the other (Eixample) and gives you great opportunities for photos of the colourful houses. There are 11 bridges in Girona some of them for pedestrians. We started from Pont de Pedra (bridge of stone pic 1) which is located near Placa Catalunya (pic 2) because I knew the Tourist Info was there.
The sun was bright early in the morning but the colors of the houses reflected on the waters. Later we walk on Pont de Sant Feliu and Pont d’en Gomez (pic 3) which had always someone on it (it leads to Plaza Independencia). One weird iron red bridge attracted us, it is the Pont de Peixeteres Velles (pics 4-5) that was designed by Gustave Eiffel (1832-1923) in 1876. Yes, he is the one that built the tower in Paris.
colorful waters of Oynar river
River Onyar splits Girona in two and separates the Old Town from the new city. We walked along the river many times and we enjoyed crossing from one side to the other from many different bridges. Along the river you can see many colourful houses, so we just stood there and watch the pastel colors of them and how beautiful the colors of them were mirrored on the water. The reflection is beautiful from many different parts of the river.
They are tall and narrow and many of them were build from the late Middle Ages onwards and in some of them you can still see the medieval wall where they are build on! The pastel colors on them are from 1983. I also liked the cathedral in the background of some of them.
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