The golden river of Girona

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Oliver Thansan
Oliver Thansan
07 December 2023 Thursday 15:58
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The golden river of Girona

* The author is part of the community of readers of La Vanguardia

I have captured this series of photographs for La Vanguardia's Readers' Photos from the stone bridge. With the lighting, we can see how the Onyar looks like a river of gold. And, in a way, it is, since it is an intrinsic part of this city.

Belonging to the Inventory of the Architectural Heritage of Catalonia, the Stone Bridge crosses the Onyar river. It was built during the reign of Isabel II. This bridge replaced another previous one of medieval origin known as Pont de Sant Francesc or Pont de Frasmenors.

The Onyar River is a tributary of the Ter River. It is born in the massif of the Guillerías, in the pre-littoral mountain range, and enters the heart of Girona, breathing life into it.

The Onyar crosses the city from south to north, dividing it into two unequal parts, the largest of which, the oldest, is on the right bank; and the smallest, the most modern, in continuous growth, is located entirely on the plain and in the Mercadal, on the left bank.

The Onyar receives within Girona the waters that come from the Monar or Conda irrigation canal, which crosses the Mercadal and irrigates the orchards there.

Further north, the waters of the Güell join it, next to the Railway, and almost in front of its confluence with it, the Galligans join.

About 300 meters away, the Onyar flows into the Ter, in the neighborhood of Pedret. One of the iconic images of Girona are the colorful houses on the banks of this river.