The Paseo de la Reina Juana connects to Fernando el Católico street where there are excellent baths, popularly known since the 19th century as the Arab baths whose sumptuous apodyterium or changing room is presided over by a large Star of David. They are dated 1194, and after being closed in the 15th century, they were occupied in 1617 by a community of Capuchin nuns. In 1929, they started being managed publicly. These excellent baths are also endowed with a frigidarium (cold room), tepidarium (warm room), caldarium (hot room) and an oven.
Leaving behind the head of the cathedral, Alemanys street and Pere de Rocabertí¬ street lead to the former Caserna dels Alemanys, the site of an old military barrack today converted into a romantic garden amongst ruins and stretches of the wall. It is located on the highest point of the city and constitutes the vertex of the triangle where the former Roman Gerunda takes shape. It is in this complex where the Gironella Tower is situated, famous for serving as a refuge for Jews who were able to escape the slaughter and sacking of the of 1391.
In 2014, the mikveh was identified in the patio of the Museum of Jewish History. The original structure has been preserved even though in later rebuildings it was transformed into a cistern. It was a closed space which could be accessed by a door, leading to a hall, a tiled changing room and the pool. Access was gained by stepping over the threshold, which led to a landing made of stone slabs, and from there people could probably go into the pool through a flight of stairs integrated in the pool, now lost. The water was supplied from a natural source by filtration, and also from the tank situated in the courtyard, which collected rainwater and filled the bath. The function of the mikveh is the spiritual purification through total immersion of the body in the water.
The Tapestry of Creation or Girona Tapestry is a Romanesque panel of needlework from the 11th century, housed in the Museum of the Cathedral of Girona, Catalonia, Spain. On one part of the tapestry are two individuals with the word iudei (Jews) identifying them: a splendid, early iconographic portrayal in the city which has become the symbol of the Jewish History Museum. The proximity of the Jewish quarter to the cathedral constituted a permanent source of conflicts between the Jews and Christians of Girona. Already since the late 13th century there have been numerous attacks on the call owing to Easter Week or at other times of extreme religious fervour. In 1436 the King had to prohibit the custom of the stoning of Jews by students and the clergy from the cathedral.
The impressive Sobreportes Gate, providing access to the medieval city and near the Jewish quarter, is situated alongside the Roman wall. It is here that the entry to the barri vell (old district), declared Historic-Artistic Heritage, commences, leaving behind on the right the Palace of Justice and opening up on the left as far as the large staircase of the cathedral.
Girona Art Museum is home to the most important collection in both the diocese and in Girona province as a whole and offers an itinerary through unique works of Catalan art. Visitors to the Museum are offered a chronological presentation of pictorial and sculptural works from different periods and in successive styles (Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Realist, Art Nouveau and noucentista), as well as rooms devoted to ceramics, glassware and liturgical art. The route through the permanent exhibition starts with a fragment of an early Christian tombstone from Empúries. The collection significantly includes the liturgical ensemble from Sant Pere de Rodes (ninth century), the Martyrology of Usuard (a fifteenth-century illuminated manuscript) and one of the most striking altarpiece ensembles of the fifteenth-sixteenth centuries, as well as major Catalan Renaissance and Baroque works. The visit concludes with works by nineteenth- and twentieth-century painters who were connected with Girona, such as Urgell, Vayreda, Rusiñol, Berga and Bertrana. The Museum’s exhibition rooms and gardens periodically host different activities and temporary exhibitions. Girona Art Museum is located in the exceptional setting of the former Episcopal Palace, the first references to which date from the tenth century. Different areas of the building still conserve their original format. Examples are the gaol, where priests condemned by the ecclesiastical court served prison sentences, and the majestic garden, which is open to the public on different occasions throughout the year.