Lleida capital city

Despite its many charms and attractions, Lleida (el Segrià – Spain) remains a relatively unknown city. Visitors interested in history and art are sure to find an interesting variety of buildings that show how different cultures have left their mark on the city. These include Roman and Medieval ruins and much more recent constructions, such as La PaeriaEl Palau de la Diputació. Other interesting structures include numerous Catalan Modernist (Art Nouveau) buildingsthe new Enric Granados Municipal Auditorium and the old cathedral (known locally as La Seu Vella). La Seu Vella is an exceptional Romanesque-Gothic style building that towers over the city from its position on top of the hill of the same name and the Templar Castle of Gardeny

There are also a number of interesting parks: La Mitjana an area of parkland running along the banks of the river Segre, which offers various leisure facilities, the romantic Camps Elisis park... The irrigated area around the city also offers pleasant rural settings that are simply ideal for bicycle rides. 

Those who like to have fun and enjoy a good time will not be disappointed in Lleida, as this is a lively city both during the day and at night and one that offers an interesting range of traditional festivals and celebrations. Important local events include: Les Festes de Maig,or May festival; the Moros i Cristians, festival, in which battles between Moors and Christians are re-enacted; the Fira de Titelles, a puppet festival; the one and only Aplec del Caragol, which attracts thousands of local people and visitors who share an interest in eating snails and partying; and the Festes de Tardor, or Autumn Festival, which has a more cultural focus. Neither should we forget a number of other important festivities, including Carnival, Easter and La Processió dels Fanalets de Sant Jaume (a lantern procession).

It is impossible to complete this summary without mentioning the Monumental Route, the many museums in the city: the Jaume Morera Art Museum and Diocese and Local District Museum of Lleida. The amount of drama and cinema on offer of the city is quite remarkable, with the Mostra de Cinema Llatinoamericà de Lleida, which is usually held in January, Lleida puppet Theatre Festival, Conference and Congress of Lleida - La Llotja providing a good example of what is available. 

On the subject of reasons for visiting Lleida (el Segrià – Spain), visitors are also reminded of the city’s many interesting and attractive shops.


The new Cathedral

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The new Cathedral

Turisme de Lleida - C/ Major 31, bis
25007, Lleida
Web: www.turismedelleida.com
Email: infoturisme@paeria.es
902 25 00 50




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  • The New Cathedral was built between 1761 and 1781 (El Segrià - Spain), thanks to donations from Lleida's inhabitants, King Carlos III and bishop Joaquín Sánchez. It is a Baroque style building with many French academy and classicist features. It is located in the heart of the city’s commercial district and can be found just in front of the former Hospital de Santa Maria.

    Staircases, with three semi-circular iron doors and lateral supports, provide access to the main door, which is crowned by the coat of arms of the Bourbon family. The three-aisled layout of the interior largely masks the thin Corinthian-style colonnade that supports the semi-circular arches.The original Baroque choir, the work of Lluís Bonifas Massó, was destroyed during the Spanish Civil War (1936).

    The temple houses an image of the Virgin of Montserrat (La Moreneta) - the patron saint of Catalonia - by Josep Obiols and is a motive for pilgrimages on 27th April. The Virgin of the Bruise, whose saint's day is celebrated on 2nd February, is also an object of local devotion. According to legend, this figure takes its name from the "blau" (bruise) that was left when the sculptor threw a hammer at her forehead on observing that, while he was away, one of his disciples had completed the sculpture and surpassed his master's artistic ability.