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A place with medieval origins in the historical heart of Girona

The building that's home to the CaixaForum Girona is an example of Catalan civil architecture from the Middle Ages. Built in Carrer de Ciutadans (Citizens Street), the old heart of the city, and a residence for aristocratic families, historians believe this was a 13th-century palace owned by one of the great families of medieval Girona, the Sitjar family. Before the palace was built the site contained an old mill (from 1078) and some of the architecture and decorative elements from these periods can still be seen today.

A fire destroyed many architectural elements in the 15th century and resulted in many important documents being lost, making it difficult to reconstruct the building's history.

The building has progressively been adapted to the different needs of the times, the city and its citizens, serving as a tavern, a home, a prestigious inn popularly known as La Fontana d'Or.

Declared a National Monument in 1921, the spacious rooms of the old palace became the venue for cultural, sports and institutional organisations, holding many different activities: a residence for Jesuits, site of the Schola Orpheònica Gironina, of the Ateneu de Girona, the Esperanto Association and the Chamber of Commerce. In 1933 it held the Caja de Ahorros or savings bank of the Catalan government.

A long period of investigation and historical restoration work directed by the architect Joan Maria de Ribot i de Batlle confirmed the medieval origins of this old building and, in October 1973, La Fontana d'Or opened its doors as a Cultural Centre.

In spring 2011 this historical building started a new era as the CaixaForum Girona, a cultural venue open to everyone that holds exhibitions, talks, debates, educational activities, workshops... A centre without barriers that encourages integration, dialogue, knowledge and learning. 

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