Tour duration (approx): 5 hours
Probably one of the most beautiful cities of Catalonia, touched by the charm of its 4 rivers, the Old city hosts one of the best preserved Jewish districts that can be admired in Europe today. Home of the famous kabalist Moshé Ben Nachman, known as RAMBAN, centre of the spreading of Kabalah in the Iberian Peninsula, the narrow streets and little squares of Girona are the lively testimony of life of few hundreds of Jewish families that had a prosper and peaceful life for many years, but were soffering more and more restrictions since the 13th century,till being expelled from their homes and country in 1492.
We will start crossing one of the bridges on the Onyar River, admiring the colorful façades of the Houses that were attached to the Ancient wall along the River. Once in the Old city, we will walk towards the Portal de Sobreportes, one of the gates of the city already during the roman times. On our way to the Jewish district we will talk about Saint Felix Church, Saint Narcís (Patron Saint of the city) and the famous legend of the flies, so venerated by Salvador Dalí due to this legend. We will also see the Cathedral, dedicated on the 11th century, offering a mingle up of stiles and hosting a esoteric element in its façade.. >
Once in the Jewish district, we will walk on the Main street of the Jewry, called carrer de la Força, pointing on the location of the 2 ancient synagogues, discovering the narrow and dark streets where the famous Kabalists Moshe Ben Nachman (RAMBAN), locally known as Bonastruc Saporta, lived, and feeling some traces of the ancient houses such a mark left in a stone that probably hosted a mezuzah in the past.
We will visit the Jewish Museum, called Centre Bonastruc Saporta, catalan name of RAMBAN, located where one of the 2 synagogues that Girona had before 1492 used to be. The museum offers an interesting look at the History of Jews in Catalonia completed with the exhibition of personal objects and gravestones found in the ancient Jewish Cemetery of Monjuich.