The history of Vic dates back to at least the 4th century BC
At that time the city was called Auso and was home to the Ausetan Iberians. Later on, under Roman occupation, it became a tributary city. Signs of its importance during this period are its classification as a municipality and the construction of the temple at the highest point of the city in the 1st century AD. Auso was an episcopal see during the Visigothic period. Following the invasion of the Saracens, the city was destroyed in 826 AD in the Aisó revolt against the supporters of the Franks.
The repopulation of the Vic Plain and the creation of the county of Osona in 878 AD, under the rule of Count Wilfred the Hairy, enabled the reconstruction of Auso. All that survived of the ancient city were the walls of the Roman Temple, which were then used for the construction of the castle. The new city took the name of Vicus Ausonae (suburb of Ausona), which is where the name of Vic comes from. The city’s status of episcopal see was restored and the cathedral was built in the lower part of the city. The Romanesque cathedral was consecrated in 1038 by Bishop Oliba. Only the crypt and bell tower survive from this period.
During the Middle Ages, the city was divided into two sections: one surrounding the castle of Montcada and the other around the cathedral. Nowadays, the region’s capital has a secluded historic quarter, dominated by the impressive cathedral, which is also the Archbishopric seat. The most remarkable feature of this Neoclassical temple, erected towards the end of the 18th century, is a series of mural paintings by Josep María Sert, in its interior, whose earlier series were destroyed in 1936 when the building was sacked during the Spanish Civil War.
Apart from the restored Roman temple, the city has also its Episcopal Museum houses an impressive collection of Catalan art from the Romanesque and Gothic periods. Vic Cathedral, founded in 1040 and reconstructed in the period 1780–1803, offers a virtual survey in architectural styles, from its original Romanesque bell tower to its Gothic altarpiece to its Neoclassical facade.
A stroll around Vic will also lead us to other emblematic landmarks, such as the arcaded main square, or Plaza Mayor; the convent of Sant Domènech, and the church of La Pietat.
The city is a meat-processing and dairy centre that also produces cereals, textiles, leather, and dyes.
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