What to see in Girona
Located in the middle of the Jewish quarter of Girona, in the Bonastruc ca Porta centre, is the Jewish History Museum. Its headquarters is a building constructed on the ruins of a synagogue from the 15th century.
This thematic museum aims to preserve and disseminate the history of the Hebrew communities that existed in Catalonia and that, during the Middle Ages, were an essential part of the socioeconomic, scientific and cultural development of Spain.
In addition to its obvious historical and heritage importance, the museum is a popular and attractive place because its exhibits are entertaining and creative. It is home to a large number of exhibition spaces with specific and highly interesting themes, including pieces, relics and artefacts of medieval Catalonia.
The museum has an interesting route where specific areas are provided to promote visitors' understanding. These areas are made up of The Jewish Quarter, a space explaining the birth of the Jewish communities in Catalonia, their way of life and the way in which they developed.
Another room provides information about Jewish holidays and traditions and their cultural importance.
Yet another room offers a faithful representation of the sacred area of a synagogue, information about how the ritual is carried out and a series of interesting relics and artefacts.
Other rooms of the museum exhibit the philosophical, cultural and scientific heritage, an itinerant walk through an ancient Hebrew cemetery and the process of the inquisition and subsequent expulsion.
Finally, the museum offers a spectacular collection of pieces of great heritage and historical value, as well as documents from the period.