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History of Gerona city
Gerona city is located near the French border and provides great feelings of ancient history when you walk on the roads and streets. History tells that Iberians were first to settle in this city before Romans. This city was named â€œGerundaâ€ by the Romans who built a citadel and laid the foundation of walled city. Visigoths ruled on this city for short duration and then came Moors. In 785, Charlemagne pushed back the Moors and established Gerona as one of the important countships of Catalonia. Gerona was of great significance from military point of view against Moors and other invaders because of front protective town of Barcelona.
12th century witnessed the establishment of Jewish community in the Gerona. Jews developed the Jew quarter called â€œcallâ€. This â€œCallâ€ is still preserved in the Gerona City. Jews also developed many learning centers. In 1492, Spainâ€™s Catholic Kings ordered Jews of Gerona either to convert themselves in to Christianity or leave the city. So, this was end of Jewish community in this city.
History has witnessed that Gerona was captured by 7 times and remained under siege for 25 times. Majority of the times, French army attacked this city. Longest siege was of 7 months which was ended on 12th December, 1809. At the end of the 19th century, defensive walls of the city were destroyed in order to expand the city but remains of the walled city are still attraction for the tourist.
As many nations settled after capturing this city on different occasions, Gerona became the center of culture of many nations. If you are visiting this beautiful city then you can go for car hire Gerona to enjoy all historic spots of the city and its beaches. This facility is available right from the Airport of the town where you can order for car hire Gerona Airport.
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