At 150 metres above sea level, in the Garrotxa region, lies BesalÃº. Its strategic location, between the FluviÃ¡ and Capellades rivers, and its proximity to the towns ofÂ Girona, Figueres and Olot, is the main reason for which it has been inhabited since the 6th Century.
A lovely medieval town, which at one time even had its own independence and formed part of the ancient counties which were united under the county of .
The careful preservation of BesalÃº has led to it being declared an "artistic and historical site".
Its ancient medieval town centre has been preserved and it is a delight to wander through its narrow streets lined with Romanesque and Gothic-style buildings and churches.
The PlaÃ§a de la Llibertat, located in the town centre is entirely surrounded by medieval buildings.
Near to this square is the ruin of the Santa Maria church, which was designated the Cathedral of BesalÃº from 1018 to 1020, marking episcopal independence from .
Of course the most emblematic sight in BesalÃº is its splendid 11th century Romanesque fortified Bridge spanning the river FluviÃ .
Down to the left past the bridge is a remnant of BesalÃºâs Jewish quarter, the MiqvÃ©, a Jewish bath house, originally attached to the synagogue along the riverbank.
The 12th century church of Sant Pere is a remnant of BesalÃºâs Benedictine monastery, founded in 977.
Top attractions in BesalÃº:
- Fortified bridge over the river FluviÃ
- Sant Pere Monastery
- Sant VicenÃ§ Church
- Colegiata de Santa MarÃa
- Old palace of the "Curia Real"
- The Jewish MiqvÃ© and synagogue
- Sant JuliÃ Hospital
- Casa CornellÃ
Special dates to consider when visiting BesalÃº:
- "Festa Major"; second fortnight of September
Local market; Every Tuesday
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