What to see in Girona
Independence Square in Girona is an imposing Neoclassical-style square that has a long colonnade and a porch with exotic semicircular arches. Construction lasted from 1856 until a new series of reforms was completed at the end of 1869.
Originally, the land of the current square was occupied by a convent and a series of orchards that suffered the effects of the confiscation in the mid-19th century. In 1855, the famous architect Martí Sureda i Deulovol presented, to the City Council, an urbanization project involving an immense arcaded square that would include a model with a well-defined façade and a homogeneous urban complex.
The ambitious project included, in addition to the porch with the semicircular arches, three floors with balconies and attics with square-shaped openings, of which two side facades were finished. Later, at the end of the 20th century, the other two were finished, creating an entire square with arcades as per the original design.
In 1894, the enormous column commemorating the Constitution was replaced by a bronze sculpture dedicated to the defenders of Girona.
Currently, Independence Square in Girona is one of the most pleasant places in the city. It is a common meeting point due to its immense area and its tranquillity and also because it is surrounded by many places of interest, as well as shops, bars and restaurants.