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History is taken seriously in Girona, an ancient city in northeast Catalonia. Catalonia is famous for its modernist artists -- architect Antoni Gaudí, painter Salvador Dali and gastronomic wizard Ferran Adriá -- and the buzz of its capital city, Barcelona. But in Girona, the draw is tradition.

Beginning in the 1980s, the town, led by a historian-turned-mayor, rediscovered its ancient Jewish quarter, reconstructed part of the city's medieval ramparts and polished...
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