Although the Ultonia compound was built in mid XX century, the location where the foundations are based has a long history which endorses the link of Hotels Ultonia with the city of Girona.
Our guests can visit with ease a piece of local history in the same basement of the hotel. Actually a piece of more than 20m of compact stone that defended Girona for centuries. We are talking about the remains of the bastion of Santa Creu, an old vestige of the city walls which has been integrated within the hotel facility.
According to Wikipedia definition:
A bastion is a structure projecting outward from the curtain wall of a fortification, most commonly angular in shape and positioned at the corners. The fully developed bastion consists of two faces and two flanks with fire from the flanks being able to protect the curtain wall and also the adjacent bastions. It is one element in the style of fortification dominant from the mid 16th to mid 19th centuries. Bastion fortifications offered a greater degree of passive resistance and more scope for ranged defense in the age of gunpowder artillery compared with the medieval fortifications they replaced.
This military wall was declared as "Cultural asset of national interest" by the Department of Culture of the Generalitat de Catalunya by having formed part of the walls of the city of Girona. Today it stands out as visible monunment in the parking level of Hotels Ultonia.
Regardless Girona held the latest shoting of Game of Thrones (Season 6), our city has hardly lived periods of his contemporary history without siges or war conflicts. By the time, Girona started to deploy several lines of defensive walls. Nowardays Girona visitors can enjoy nice walks around the rebuild wall that surrounds the Old Town of Girona.