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Vic

Vic is the capital of Osona region in the central Catalonia, halfway between the sea and the Pyrenees, and about seventy kilometres north from Barcelona. The city has a population of 45.000 inhabitants but despite its medium size, the city has traditionally been one of the most important urban centres in the interior Catalonia, and its strategic position at a crossroads led its early development as a market place. Nowadays it is a university town, commercial and services centre which influence a large territory around.

The urban area of Vic, has an area of 3,064 Ha, of which 800Ha are urban land and 2,264 hectares are part of the open spaces network.

In terms of economy and territory, Vic plays the role of regional capital of Osona, and its influence and territorial projection goes far beyond the strict scope of the region. Vic, as an intermediate city, has the challenge of keeping itself as the nexus between the territory and the big capitals.

The city is proud of retaining traditions and the very essence of the interior of the country. The more than two thousand years of history have left an important historical, artistic and architectural heritage to the city. The historic centre, of medieval origin, preserves in a small area numerous exhibits of this heritage: from a Roman temple erected in the 1st century, to remarkable buildings of contemporary times, going through the Romanesque bell tower of the cathedral, the gothic cloister, medieval walls, baroque churches and houses and remarkable examples of modernism.

The strategy of the development of the city is human-minded oriented, placing the quality of life and health of its inhabitants in the centre of all Municipal policies and action plans that have been carried out in the city in recent years.

 

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