Lleida surrounds the foot of an impressive defensive fortress-church built on the only hill on a plain covered by orchards. You can see the fortification from kilometres away, as would have the various armies which waged war in this part of Catalonia. (Unfortunately Lleida had the misfortune of backing the losing side in nearly every battle.)

IMG_1452The cathedral La Seu Vella was built on the site of a former mosque. As you look around you see  Romanesque pillars, Gothic vaults and Arabic elements, creating a space filled with space and light, and all of which remind remind you of its long and rich history.