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Girona is a province of Spain. It is a part of the Catalonia region, formally known as the Autonomous Community of Catalonia. It lies on the eastern tip of Spains land mass and is bordered by the provinces of Barcelona and Lleida, as well as the Mediterranean Sea. The capital of the province of Girona is the city of Girona.
The city of Girona has a rich, detailed, and dramatic history. The first inhabitants of the area were the Iberians. Then came the Romans who built a fortification there, which was named Gerunda. After having been occupied by a number of cultures, Girona finally fell under control by the Holy Roman Empire. In the 12th century, the Jewish community flourished in Girona, and a major Kabbalistic school was built. However, the Catholic kings drove the Jews away from Spain in 1492. Later on, in the 17th to 18th century, Girona fell under siege by the French, and it was conquered by Napoleon in 1809. The walls of the city were destroyed in the 19th century. Today, the city is a rich heritage site full of historic and cultural beauty.
Catalonia is one of the 17 autonomous regions that comprise Spain. It occupies 31,950 square kilometers. Its population was approximately 6.8 million as of 2004, 690,000 of that living in the province of Girona in the same year.