Call de Girona

The Call de Girona was, from a cultural point of view, one of the most important Jewish communities in the West. It is currently the best-preserved town in Europe.

Call, from the Hebrew kahal (קהל), is the word used to name the various Jewish neighborhoods in Catalan.

A document from the year 888 already mentions the presence of about 25 families of the Mosaic religion.

El Call de Girona began to form from the xii century, in la Força street , when Jewish families who used to live in the vicinity of the cathedral settled there.

An average of 800 people came to live there.

In the city, important thinkers such as Jacob ben Sehet Gerundí, the poet Mesulam ben Selomó de Piera, and the great philosophers Ezra ben Salomó and Azriel de Girona developed their theories.

However, the most relevant figure was the doctor, poet, philosopher and exegete Mosse ben Nahman, bett...Read more

The Call de Girona was, from a cultural point of view, one of the most important Jewish communities in the West. It is currently the best-preserved town in Europe.

Call, from the Hebrew kahal (קהל), is the word used to name the various Jewish neighborhoods in Catalan.

A document from the year 888 already mentions the presence of about 25 families of the Mosaic religion.

El Call de Girona began to form from the xii century, in la Força street , when Jewish families who used to live in the vicinity of the cathedral settled there.

An average of 800 people came to live there.

In the city, important thinkers such as Jacob ben Sehet Gerundí, the poet Mesulam ben Selomó de Piera, and the great philosophers Ezra ben Salomó and Azriel de Girona developed their theories.

However, the most relevant figure was the doctor, poet, philosopher and exegete Mosse ben Nahman, better known as Bonastruc ça Porta.

From the Kabbalah school of Girona came the first group of Kabbalists in the Iberian Peninsula until the first half of the century xiii. Abraham ben Isaac he-Hazan, besides being a poet, also stood out for being part of the cabalistic circle of Girona.

Thanks to the support of the Israeli embassy, u200bu200bpart of the street has been rehabilitated, where the Centre Bonastruc ça Porta - Institut d'Estudis Nahmánides operates.

It is also sponsored by the "Patronat Municipal Call de Girona".

The Call of Girona is very visited by Jews and tourists in general, because it is above all a great source of culture from other times.

The current neighborhood only preserves part of the medieval layout.

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