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A view of Girona with the cathedral and the bridge over Onyar built by Gustav Eiffel. The cathedral has a single nave and it is the widest Gothic nave in the world (27 m), and the second in the world after the Baroque nave of St.Peter's in Rome (29 m). Initially, the project of Jaume Fabre, the Mallorcan architect of 15C, was not approved because people feared that such a wide nave would be unstable and the cathedral may collapse. Only after an appeal of the architect to the Supreme Court, the project was finally approved, and the cathedral was built. Time has proven that it was the right decision, as the cathedral is standing for more than 500 years.

The 12th century saw a flourishing of the Jewish community of Girona, with one of the most important Kabbalistic schools in Europe. The Rabbi of Girona, Moshe ben Nahman Gerondi (better known as Nahmanides or Ramban) was appointed Great Rabbi of Catalonia. The history of the Jewish community of Girona ended in 1492, when the Catholic Kings expelled all the Jews from Catalonia. Today, the Jewish ghetto or Call is one of the best preserved in Europe and is a major tourist attraction.

Girona is sometimes called "The city of thousand sieges", but in fact it has undergone "only" twenty-five sieges and been captured seven times.

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Additional Photos by Alexander Pasternak (pasternak) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1341 W: 179 N: 3373] (15185)
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