Girona - Surroundings

The cathedral – a masterpiece of Gothic architecture and a landmark of Girona – has fascinated visitors of the city ever since. But Girona has a lot more to offer than the widest Gothic stone vault (23 m) ever built. Right at the entrance of the historic centre – at the beginning of Carrer Calderers (“calderers” were the coppersmiths) and where an old city gate was located – one can find a column with a lioness on it – “la lleona”.

​Next to it, a metal staircase. The lioness originally was attached to the façade of a hostel right next to the city gate. Those who wanted to come back to Girona climbed up and kissed it. In order to preserve the tradition a copy of the old lioness...