Heritage

Visit Granollers, discover its historical heritage

 

The historical heritage of Granollers, an essential journey through the city’s past.

 

La Porxada

La Porxada, declared a Cultural Asset of National Interest, is the most representative monument of Granollers and unique in Catalonia and Spain thanks to its characteristics. It was built in the 16th century in the Plaça Major to be used as a grain market. Made up of 15 columns under a 4-sided roof, from 1872 it became the site of the municipal market.

 

 

Part of the building was damaged during the Civil War air raid on the 31st of May 1938. This was rebuilt in 1940, as noted on the beam under the roof. Apart from this reconstruction, there are other dates engraved on the beams: 1751, 1888 and 1985.

The city walls

The walls surrounded the city of Granollers from the end of the 13th century up to the mid-19th century. The medieval city walls were hexagonal in shape, 816 metres long and protected by defensive towers that were interconnected by “corredossos”, a popular name for the parapet walk.

 

 

In the 16th century, chapels dedicated to different saints were built above the entrances. Two of these chapels can still be seen today; that of Santa Esperança and also Santa Anna. You can still see the remains of the city walls at various points in the old town.

Adoberia dels Ginebreda

Adoberia dels Ginebreda , centre for the historical interpretation of medieval Granollers, is the only tannery that has survived in good condition of the six known to have existed in Granollers. It’s located under the church square and Carrer Ricomà. From the 16th to the 19th century it was used as a centre for the tanning industry.

 

 

2009 saw the inauguration of the Adoberia dels Ginebreda where you can discover how animal skins used to be tanned and also about the transformation of medieval Granollers, characterised mainly by its city walls, farming produce and tanning production.

Refugi Plaça Maluquer i Salvador

Granollers suffered greatly in the Spanish Civil War. It had several air raids, the bombing of the 31st of May 1938 being the most devastating. Over 200 people lost their lives and many others were injured. That’s why several air raid shelters were built.

 

 

The Refugi of Plaça Maluquer i Salvador was used to protect civilians from air raids during the Civil War. It can hold 450 people and has four interconnected rooms, with a vent opening out onto the square and a shared passageway 25 metres long. You can visit this shelter and find out how and where the people of Granollers took refuge during the bombings.

Bell tower of the church of Sant Esteve

The bell tower is the only thing that remains of the old Gothic church of Sant Esteve, built in the 15th century on top of the Romanesque building. The contemporary church of Sant Esteve dates from the 1940s. In 1936, during the Spanish Civil War, the church was totally destroyed and its stones were used to build air raid shelters.

 

 

It has three naves: one central and two lateral. The tower is 34 metres high, with Gothic-style windows and, at its base, you can see the remains of the old Romanesque entrance.

Sala Francesc Tarafa

The Sala Francesc Tarafa was built during the 14th and 15th century. At the beginning it was used as a hospital, until 1844 when it passed into the hands of the old Convent dels Caputxins. It was also used as a storehouse and school. In 1926 it was restored and used as a library until 1995.

 

 

It’s currently used for a large number of events and is the ideal place to see the wide variety of cultural activities programmed by Granollers. It can hold 160 people.

Casal dels Tagamanent, formerly Casal del Condestable

The Casa del Condestable owes its name to the fact that it’s the site where Peter, Constable of Portugal died in 1466. This is one of the city’s buildings with the most history.

 

 

It used to be owned by the Tagamanent family but, today, only the core of the original residence remains. Its main façade is particularly interesting, as well as its architectural style and the Gothic arches and windows on the different floors of the old palace.

Granollers Town Hall

Granollers Town Hall is located in the heart of the city, in the same square as La Porxada.

 

 

At the end of the 16th century, the Casa de la Vila was in such a bad state of repair that it was restored and became the current Granollers Council building. The old building was reformed by the architect Simó Cordomí between 1902 and 1904, applying Modernista criteria but within the neo-Gothic aesthetic canon of the time. Of particular note are the balconies and sculptures applied to the façade, created by the sculptor Josep Maria Barnadas.

Hospital Asil

The architectural style of the Hospital Asil is Modernisme and it was built around a central patio. It was opened in 1923, designed by the architect Josep Maria Miró.

 

 

Granollers Hospital was set up thanks to the charitable, voluntary initiative of the town’s residents who gave small donations to help construct this Modernista building.

 

 

Since 2007 it has its own Research and Innovation area, whose aim is to encourage health-related research.

Roca Umbert. Fàbrica de les Arts

 

Roca Umbert. Fàbrica de les Arts is a centre devoted to creativity, innovation and culture. Located in the heart of Granollers in an old textile factory with more than 20,000 square metres of space, today it’s a place to produce, train and raise awareness of artistic creation.

 

 

The facilities have kept the original La Tèrmica, the power plant that used to transform and distribute energy for the old factory, an example of industrial architecture from the mid-20th century.

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