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Girona is a beautiful Spanish city 100km north of Barcelona in the northeast of Catalonia located between 4 rivers. It is a wonderful city to visit on a day tour from Barcelona or for alonger stay. The medieval town and cathedral is on the site of Roman citadel Gerunda so you can see Roman walls, the narrow streets of the medieval city centre and a well preserved Jewish quarter from middle ages. In 2015 the hit TV series Game of Thrones filmed at various locations in Girona's old quarter. The biggest annual festival is the Girona flower festival Temps de Flors in May.
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Carrer de la Força street in Girona's old quarter and main street of Girona's Jewish quarter.
The wall walk "muralles de Girona" is a popular attraction. Visitors can walk on Roman and medieval city walls and ramparts and see wonderful view of the old city.
From Girona's ancient walls you get fantastic views of the old town and surrounding countryside
Girona has eleven bridges. One of the most famous is Girona's red Eiffel bridge which was built by Gustave Eiffel in 1877. Ten years later he constructed the famous Eiffel tower in Paris.
A popular custom for visitors to Girona is to kiss the butt of the lioness "Lleona de Girona" which clings to the top of a Romanesque column. Legend has it that you will become a good citizen of Girona and always be able to back once you have kissed the Girona lioness butt. The saying in Catalan goes, "No pot ser veí de Girona qui no faci un petó al cul de la lleona" - "you can’t be a neighbour in Girona until you kiss on the backside of the lioness" The original lions sculpture was on Carrer Calderers 19 by a former inn called "Hostal de la Lleona." The original lioness sculpture is in the city musuem but a replica for public lion butt kissing is on Plaça de Sant Feliu in front of Sant Feliu church and very close to the original location.
Catedral de Santa María de Gerona towers over the old city. Construction was started in the 11th century in Romanesque style and later continued in the 13th century in the Gothic style. The 12th century cloister and the bell tower from 11th century are still intact. The bell tower was completed in the 18th century. The facade is baroque and the last sculptures were added in the 1960ies. There are 90 steps up to the cathedral.
Inside Girona cathedral there is a single nave which is the widest Gothic church nave in the world at 22 metres wide. It is also the second widest church nave in the world among all churches, second only to St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.
A famous landmark of old Girona is the very well preserved medieval Jewish Quarter called "Call Jeue"
The two stairways of the "Pujada de Sant Domenec" is a popular place for photos. This is one of the filming locations for Game of Thrones in Girona.
Girona cathedral steps adorned with flowers during Flor de Temps flower festival in Girona in May
Catalan separatist flags are everywhere in Girona.
Girona is a city of sieges and and of legends. Saint Narcissus is the patron saint of Girona and legend has that when invading French soldiers tried to destroy his tomb in the St Feliu Church in 1285 swarms of stinging flies came out and drove the invaders out and have saved the city. So flies are the symbol of Girona. Here you can see a big fly on the nose of a "capgrosso" big head, which are used during festivals.
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