Besalú – possible world heritage sight

Studying Christian-Jewish relations I couldn´t ignore the existence of this beautiful little town. Besalú is located north of Girona between the planes of the Empordà and Garrotxa mountains. Much of its medieval heritage – when it was the capital of a wealthy county and bishopric – is still intact but it is its Jewish heritage that has spurred the town´s recent bid for world heritage status.

In the Middle Ages, Besalú had an important Jewish community and the survival of a 12th-century mikvah (a ritual bath) and a synagogue testify to this heritage. The mikvah is one of only three in Spain and one of the few in Europe. Today, Besalú has about 2,000 inhabitants and on Dec 3 they are having a festival. Can´t wait to check it out!!

besalu

Author: guerson

Born and raised in Brazil, a Canadian stole my heart and took me to Canada in 1999. After seven years between Montreal and Toronto, we then moved to Barcelona, Spain, where I did research for my PhD thesis. This blog began as a chronicle of our adventures while living in Barcelona and exploring the old world and has acquired a life of its own after we moved back to Canada.

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