Map - A WALK ARROUND HISTORIC CENTRE

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1 Mercadal Square is at the very heart of the town. It is the largest medieval arcaded square in Catalonia. The traditional Saturday market has been held here every Saturday of the year for more than 800 years. The "reng" part of the square has traditionally been the place for the farmers' wives to place their stalls selling produce from their land. Indeed, some stalls can still be seen here midweek.

The 2 Town Hall is located in the top part of the square. It is a new building that forms a break with the architectural consistency of the rest of the square. In the entrance hall there is a large mural of the most famous Urgell counts that lived in the city, painted by Jaume Minguell y Miret.

The main streets in the historic centre, and those with the most shops and businesses, are the 3 Major Street and the 4 Avall Street.

Calle Major leads you directly to a small interior square, the arcaded 5 Pou Square, there used to be a well here that provided the city's inhabitants with water. Continuing straight ahead along Pintor Borrás Street, on the right hand side of the street you will see the house where the Balaguer writer Teresa Pàmies was born. In front of the house there is a new building called 6 Lapallavacara which serves as a meeting place for the city's institutions and bodies.

Further ahead you will come to another square, 7 Sant Salvador Square. Here you can see the remains of the old Sant Salvador Church, which was originally the Avimoni mosque. At the top of the square, next to Torrent Street, you will see an image of the saint.

Very close to the ruins of the church you can make out the form of some new arcades. These belong to 8 Pont Street, one of the prettiest streets in the historic centre.

Continuing along Pont Street, you will come to the oldest bridge in the city, the 9 Sant Miquel Bridge. Right next to the bridge you will see a replica of the original image of Sant Miquel that used to preside over the city's gateway.

Heading back along Pont Street, we continue until we get to Jutge Square, this time we will take Sant Jaume Street which will lead us to the old public wash site, 10 la Reguereta. Our route continues along 4 Avall Street. The old Islamic irrigation channel used to pass along this fully arcaded street, and up until very recently it carried water out to the city's vegetable gardens.

Upon reaching 1 Mercadal Square, continue straight ahead, towards the old Jewish quarter. There is a building with modernist touches called 11 Casa Tarragona in Miracle Street. Almost right next to this building you will find the 12 Miracle Church which honours the city's patron saint. Continuing along the street you will find the old Piarist Fathers' building which now houses the Piarist services, along with various civic services such as the library, the Municipal Music School, a community centre and a welfare office.

Just before the Sant Josep church there is a street of the same name where a new square, Comtes d'Urgell Square, is located and where the 13 La Noguera Museum, the local Tourist Office and the 14 La Noguera Council Archives can be found.

To finish off our route, continue along Avenida Àngel Guimerà towards the 15 Xalet Montiu. This modernist building dates back to the early 20th century and currently houses the Insitut Municipal de Progres i Cultura (Municipal Progress and Culture Institute).

At the end of this street you will find the La Noguera Council headquarters, housed in what used to be the 16 Sant Francesc monastery. You can still make out the old church's façade which remains intact.

To return to the starting point you can now head along Divina Pastora Street until you arrive at Barri Nou Street where you will discover old streets such as Cerers Street and Teixidors Street, which were part of the 17 old Jewish quarter and housed the craftsmen’s' guilds.

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