Girona (Spanish: Gerona) is a city in the northeast of Catalonia, Spain at the confluence of the rivers Ter, Onyar, Galligants and Güell, with an official population of 96,236 in January 2009. It is the capital of the province of the same name and of the comarca of the Gironès. Lies 99 km on north-east from Barcelona.
The first historical inhabitants in the region were Iberians; Girona is the ancient Gerunda, a city of the Ausetani. Later, the Romans built a citadel there, which was given the name of Gerunda. The Visigoths ruled in Girona until it was conquered by the Moors. Finally, Charlemagne reconquered it in 785 and made it one of the fourteen original countships of Catalonia. Thus it was wrested temporarily from the Moors, who were driven out finally in 1015. Wilfred the Hairy incorporated Girona to the countship of Barcelona in 878. Alfonso I of Aragón declared Girona to be a city in the 11th century. The ancient countship later became a duchy (1351) when King Peter III of Aragon gave the title of Duke to his first-born son, John. In 1414, King Ferdinand I in turn gave the title of Prince of Girona to his first-born son, Alfonso. The title is currently carried by Prince Felipe, Prince of Asturias, the first since the 16th century to do so.
The 12th century saw a flourishing of the Jewish community of Girona, with 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 history of the Jewish community of Girona ended in 1492, when the Catholic Kings expelled all the Jews from Catalonia. Today, the Jewish ghetto 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 an important religious cemetery was located.
Girona has undergone twenty-five sieges and been captured seven times. It was besieged by the French royal armies under Charles de Monchy d'Hocquincourt in 1653, under Bernardin Gigault de Bellefonds in 1684, and twice in 1694 under Anne Jules de Noailles. In May, 1809, it was besieged by 35,000 French Napoleonic troops under Vergier, Augereau and St. Cyr, and held out obstinately under the leadership of Alvarez until disease and famine compelled it to capitulate, 12 December. Finally, the French conquered the city in 1809, after 7 months of siege. Girona was center of the Ter department during the French rule, which lasted from 1809 to 1813. The defensive city walls were demolished at the end of the 19th century to allow for the expansion of the city. In recent years, the missing parts of the city walls on the eastern side of the city have been reconstructed. Called the Passeig de la Muralla it now forms a tourist route around the old city.
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Image: Cases Penjades on Onyar river.
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serp2000 (29144) 2011-10-27 19:49
I was here in July. Splendid shot! I like this picturesque presentation of Girona. An interesting note too.
cargus (6434) 2011-10-27 23:56
Une photo réussie, une excellente couleur, la lumière et le contraste sont très bien combine.Bien fait.!
JFS (32053) 2011-10-28 2:58
Un lugar muy pintoresco que tu has sabido retratar muy bien, estupendos colores y un reflejo fantástico que le da buen balance a la imagen. Felicidades!
timecapturer (30226) 2011-10-28 5:28
a beautifully composed and executed shot of these colourful riverside houses/apartments. They stand out so eye-catchingly against the wonderfully textured sky. Excellent work and presentation.
Have a great weekend - regards Brian.
- Copyright: Maria Blanca Gomez (maria) (3276)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-04-26
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D70, 18-70 AF-S DX 3.5 - 4.5 Nikkor
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/320 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2011-10-27 15:00
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