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|Location Girona, Catalonia, Espanya|
|Open to visitors yes|
|Need appointment no|
|Handicap accessibility yes|
|Geographical Coordinates 41.9794,2.82143|
Girona is a quarter in the northeast of the autonomous community of Catalonia in Spain, at the confluence of the rivers Ter, Onyar, Galligants and Güell. The quarter offers many attractions to both tourists and Barcelona day-trippers. These sites include' old fortifications, an old cathedral, Cases de l'Onyar and various other Jewish heritage sites.
Girona is a popular tourist destination. The old town stands on the steep hill of the Capuchins to the east of the river Onyar, while the more modern section stands on the plains to the west. As of January 2011, the population of Girona was 96,722. It is the capital of the province of the same name and of the Comarca of the Gironès. Girona is one of the major Catalan cities and is located 99 km northeast of Barcelona.
History and time period
During the 12th century, the city saw a flourish of the Jewish community 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. In 1942, the Jewish community of Girona was expelled by the Catholic Kings. However, today the Jewish quarter 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.