Located within the Força Vella, the mighty Roman fortress built in the 1st century BC, Girona‘s Jewish Quarter, also known as El Call, is one of the Spanish city’s most iconic areas. A maze of narrow cobbled streets, stairs, patios and archways, it’s one of the best preserved Jewish quarters in the world.
The old Jewish quarter which is part of the old town. It was inhabited by the Jewish community of the city of Girona from the 12th to the 15th century. In one of the synagogues it is possible to visit a museum dedicated to the history of the Jewish people.
The Jewish quarter, known as “El Call”, is one of the most interesting, emblematic areas in the city of Girona, both in terms of architecture and history. It is part of the old town next to the banks of the Onyar river. It dates back to the 12th century and is one of the most well-preserved Jewish quarters in Europe. It was inhabited by the city’s Jewish community until 1492, the year in which the Jews were expelled from the country.
It is made up of a labyrinth of narrow streets, robust houses, staircases, arches and patios. One of the main buildings is the Centre Bonastruc ça Porta, which is located in what was the last synagogue in the city and is now home to the Museu d'Història dels Jueus i l'Institut d'Estudis Nahmànides (Jewish History Museum and Institute of Nahmanides Studies).
Two other must-visit streets are Carrer de Sant Llorenç and Carrer Manuel Cundaro, which both epitomise the Jewish Quarter with their narrow walls, steep stone steps and big stone windows.