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Besalu

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Basic Information

Location Girona, Catalonia, Spain
Country Spain
City Catalonia

General Information

Open to visitors yes
Need appointment no
Handicap accessibility yes
Geographical Coordinates 41.9794,2.82143


Summary

Besalu is a town in Comarca of Garrotxa, in Girona, Catalonia, Spain. The community of Besalu began as an overflow community from the nearby Call of Girona and like most good Jewish communities, produced some well-known doctors , amongst them being Abraham des Castlar, the personal doctor to Peter IV of Arragon, and Bendit des Logar, two of the leading physicians of the time. The sight has one of the only three medieval mikvehs throughout Europe. If the heat gets too much, take a look around a fancy house of the time; the Cultural Center Curia Real, a former home of notable Jewish family ,the Astrucs, which contains cultural clues and all round interesting items to satisfy your curious urges.

General

The town dates back to the early Middle Ages when it was the capital of the county of Besalú. During this time the territory was approximately the same size as the current Comarca of Garrotxa but at times extended as far as Corbières, Aude, in France.

The most significant feature of this site is the 12th-century Romanesque bridge over the Fluvià river, which features a gateway at its midpoint. The church of Sant Pere was consecrated in 1003. The town has many tourist attractions such as; arcaded streets and squares, a restored mikveh dating from the 11th or 12th century, the remains of a medieval synagogue as well as a Museum of miniatures created by jeweler and art collector Lluís Carreras.

History and time period

The city dates back to the early Middle ages. Wilfred the Hairy, credited with the unification of Catalonia, was Count of Besalú. The town was also the birthplace of Raimon Vidal, a medieval troubadour. Besalú was designated as a historical national property ("conjunt històric-artístic") in 1966.


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