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Medieval Catalonia and the historic Call of Girona highlight a stay at this monastery… about $25 a day full board.

Saturday, March 27th, 2010

The monastery has been declared a Spanish national monument.

The monastery is highly regarded for the beauty of its Romanesque church and cloister that date from the 13th and 12th centuries respectively. A very attractive complex, it is a blending of ancient and modern architecture.

It is near ancient Girona, a city distinguished by the Sant Feliu Cathedral reached by a climb of nearly one hundred steps. Begun in the early 14th century, it took the place of a Romanesque structure. Two hundred steps further leads to the top and views of the red tile roofs of old town. The Cathedral’s solid west face is pure Catalan Baroque; the remainder is Gothic. Beyond the cathedral is an atmospheric labyrinth of medieval streets reminiscent of Girona’s past. Lying in the shadow of the cathedral is the Jewish Quarter, known as the Call. A warren of arched streets, steep stairs, little piazzas and solid stone buildings, until recently, this gem of ancestry lay concealed under a patina of more modern construction. Today it is among Spain’s best-preserved testimonies of the Middle Ages and of its once flourishing Jewish community.

From the cathedral, Passeig Arqueologic, a signed archaeological trail, offers a garden-like stroll along the walls leading to the important sights in the old town. The walk begins near the 12th century Monestir de Sant Pere de Galligants, a former monastery of the Benedictine Order. The cloister is home to a museum with exhibits from prehistoric to medieval times including Roman mosaics and medieval Jewish tombstones.

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