THE PAST OF A MOUNTAIN, WATCHTOWER FOR DIFFERENT CULTURES
The mountain of Sant Julià de Ramis, today also known as the mountain of Sants Metges, enjoys a privileged location, dominating the plain of Gironès and Empordà, with visual contact with the Pyrenees, with the Costa Brava and caressed by the mountain massif of Las Gavarres, as it always highlights its connectivity, its beautiful location and therefore its great strategic value. This ample natural space is covered by a great leafy forest species, white pine, Mediterranean holm oak, ash, oak and riverbank forests near the river Ter pass, which provide aromas of bucolic nature around the new business project.
Later the Romans established a castle, taking advantage of the visual dominion of the lands and the route of Via Augusta, until they descended to the plain to found the great city, Gerunda. And the mountain had different names over two millennia, Castellum, Castellum Fractum ... and since 1019 the Romanesque church is also present in the mountain, with works of improvements and extensions of the sacristy and the new belfry, dated of the XVI-XVIII centuries. Dedicated now to Sants Metges, San Cosme and San Damián, Persian martyrs of the 4th century, patrons of medicine.
The coexistence between this natural environment of the mountain and people is a common fact for thousands of years. And it is not by chance. In this privileged space, and therefore an exceptional place, past, present and future coexist. It is 100 years since the first archaeological excavation where our origins were discovered, as the ancient inhabitants of the Iberian Oppidum, were those of a village fortified on a hill with a stretch of wall and cabins, called Kerunta.
The visit to the excavations of the Iberian town, converted into an open-air cultural space and the Romanesque hermitage are current resources of a visit to the mountain, also called Sants Metges, an excellent complement to the new project. In 2009 it was declared by the Generalitat de Catalunya, Cultural Asset of National Interest (BCIN) for the enormous archaeological and historical value of the mountain.