Houses on the banks of the river Onyar.
These houses, situated at the very edge of the river and the bridges which span it, are no doubt one of the most authentic and spectacular sights of Girona. These houses overlooking the river were constructed towards the end of the Middle ages, and were attached to the walls which enclosed the ancient quartier and the borough of the Mercadal. The towers protecting both sides of the bridges also succumbed to modern times and were converted into dwellings.
The steep narrow streets surrounding the La Força street housed the Jewish community of Girona in medieval times. The Jews exercised a great influence here and projected their skills and knowledge far beyond the city limits. The life of the "Aljama" was concentrated around the synagoge which had various different locations. The visitor can go up Isaac el Cec, a complex of buildings at the hearth of the jewish borough, with a highly symbolical meaning to Jewry.
XI-XVIIth century. The present building is the result of various superimposed styles. Only the cloister and part of the tower of the original Romanesque building (1038) have been preserved. The apse and the ambulatory corresponds to the initial traces of the temple with three naves which was later changed to the present single nave which is the widest Gothic nave in the world. The interior contains numerous works of art such as the reredos and silver altar canopy (XIVth century), Gothic tombs and baroque altar paintings. The renowned Tapestry of the Creation (XVth century), the Beatus (Xth century), and a rich collection of medieval gold and silver works are exhibited in the Capitular Museum.
Ex-Collegiate Church of Sant Feliu.
XIII-XVIth century. Built at the very foot of the original walled enclosure, its main wall had to be solidly fortified with high unadorned walls (XIVth century). The interior features a vigorous Romanesque structure (XIIIth century) over which the Gothic nave was constructed. The western facade, designed with two towers which only one was completed, was built in the XVII century in the baroque style. Paleo-Christian tombs (III-IVth century A.D.), imported from Italy, and the Corpse of Christ, by the Mestre Aloi, a masterpiece of Catalonian Gothic sculpture, can be admired in the chancel.
The Arabian Baths.
XIIth century. Romanesque building inspired by the Roman thermal or public baths. The mosst interesting of the three rooms, each with a different temperature of the water in their swimming polls, is the frigidarium, or cold water room, with its rustic barrel arch and central come supported by slender columns. In spite of the presence of elements of Moslem origin, the construction corresponds to western Romanesque style.
Monastery of Sant Pere de Galligants.
XI-XIIth century. Benedictine monastery currently housing the Archeological Museum. The outstanding monumental merit of the temple and the remarkable iconographic interest of the cloister make the complex one of the most noteworthy examples of Catalonian Romanesque architecture. The aspe and the belfry are integrated within the walled enclosure of the city which is still partly preserved. The museum contains an important collection of prehistoric objects together with others from Greek and Roman periods, as well as a unique collection of Hebrew tombstones.
The valley of Sant Daniel which is reached by the street of the same name, is a great natural reserve that has been praised by poets and painted by artists. Specially relevant are its shady spots and its fountains. Also in the valley is the Monastery of Sant Daniel with its XI-XIIth century church and its XIIIth century cloister.
Convent of Sant Domènec.
XIII-XVIIth century. Founded in the XIIIth century, this single-nave churchwas one of the first Gothic buildings constructed in Catalonia. The proto-Gothic cloister features blind arches and chaptrels decorated with stylised vegetable motifs. As well as the room containing the chapter house, the refectory and the dormitory which have all been greately reformed throughout various different periods, the addition of baroque chapels are worth notice (XVIIth century).
The Palace of the Agullana Family.
XIV-XVIIth century. This residence of a noble family together with the stairs and facade of Sant Martí Sacosta constitute one of the most outstanding baroque areas of the ancient quarter. The covered skew arch is one of the foremost features of the city often depicted in paintings, iconographs and photographs.
Rambla de la Llibertat.
This is one of the livliest and busiest spots in the city, due to its central position in the town and its numerous shops. Even in medieval times this area of the town was already being used as a market. Apart from its characteristic porches, various items of architectural interest in the interior of shops and business premises are testimony of continuous use of this area throughout the ages.