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A chemical factory amid Girona’s old city: an unexpected spot in itinerary. Posted on February 28th

I’d like to share a rather unkonwn fact about my home town, Girona. Girona has its roots in Roman times, and plenty of middle-age stones, walls, houses and yards.

Amid the Old City, close to Via Augusta, the former road linking Rome and Tarraco, a surprise awaits the many groups of tourists visiting every day our city: a chemical company, almost hidden from everyday activity.

Founded in the 1940s, Mr. Ensesa still chromates by electrochemical procedures; he also provides gold or silver coating to all kind of┬ádelicate pieces like those in churches. His main accomplishment was to restore, in the 60s, the statue of Angel St Michael, which stays on top of Girona’s Cathedral Tower.

Chemistry is not at all an easy science, nor a fun science. But our research group at the University of Girona tries hard to overcome chemistry’s bad press. That is why we have created a chemical itinerary in paper and also using smartphones’ capabilities. There are other spots in Girona where the visitor can listen to interesting stories. But in Mr. Ensesa’s electroplating company, right under an old theater roof, visitors and locals are tought what serendipity is.

Our group has set up this chemical itinerary, which now joint those itineraries linked to environment, zoology and botanics, and history. We have realized that visitors love finding this small chemical industry in the very old city. Actually, many local don’t even know this factory exists. Isn’t it fun?

You may find info on out chemical itinerary in Catalan at Info on the chemcial company is at – and indeed, don’t look for this in the Michelin Guide or other tourist guides and brochures.

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