Route through the historic center of Gironella
The route through the historical center of Gironella is a tourist resource of knowledge of the local heritage that follows a marked circular route. The historical route is done on foot and is self-guided, so it is essential to have a mobile phone to read the QR code printed on each monolith. We start!
The tour submerges the visitor to know the old part of Gironella; starting with the crossing of the Llobregat River through the Old Bridge - the oldest access in the medieval village. Once you enter the alleys, going up the stairs to the left, find the old prison of Gironella that makes up the second point of the travel, where people accused of witchcraft, debtors, criminals and who served as a dungeon until the middle of the last century had been imprisoned.
Next to the prison, you will find the Torre del Homenaje, part of the visible infrastructure of the former castle of Gironella where the different baronies and lords of Gironella had the main rooms and where the people made the most important oaths. Then, you will go up the stairs and you will find the old Church of Santa Eulalia, the Romanesque and Gothic religious temple of the city until the 19th century. The imposing new Church of Santa Eulalia is just behind and was built in different phases during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, when the bell tower was finished.
Following the street master Font Parera and then down the street Paso de la muralla you will find the Torre del Amo of Cal Metro, the historicist infrastructure that was the dependence of the lords of the textile colony that rests under their feet. Following the wall in the direction of the Plaza de la Villa you will find the vision of the "new town of Gironella", the nucleus of housing that developed outside the walls with the arrival of the train now disappeared in the 19th century.
The seventh point of the route is the main house Teixidor-Bassacs, the residence of the couple, the ground floor of which was a small industry of looms until they acquired the land and began to build the textile colony of Cal Bassacs, which later They bequeathed children of marriage. Of the textile colony, in addition, it emphasizes the Tower of the Master that is a modernist architectonic jewel, the roof is work of Antoni Gaudí. In the same square of the town, we can see the remains of the Castle of Gironella on the far right that are currently dependencies of the town council, the building that was built on top due to the serious damage caused by the different fires that it suffered throughout the history.
From the remains of the castle, we can also see the Clock Tower, an addition to the 1932 Tower of Tribute that the Republican City Council decided to build so that residents could receive the hours from the clock erected instead of the church bell tower. Going down through the award-winning elevator that emulates a textile fireplace that connects the historic center with the Cal Metro promenade, as a measure of accessibility, you will find the Gironella wall, the protective wall of the medieval town.
In total then, the historical route consists of 9 heritage sites: 1. Old Bridge, 2. The Prison, 3. The Homage Tower and Clock Tower. 4. The old Church of Santa Eulalia, 5. The new Church of Santa Eulalia, 6. Torre del Amo, 7. Pazo Teixidor-Bassacs, 8. The Castle and 9. The wall.