The Tanneries Neighborhood (Vic, Catalonia)

The Tanneries Neighborhood (“Les Adoberies” in Catalan) is located in the historical center of the city of Vic, between the walls of Pere II and the Mèder River. It symbolizes both one of the most important periods of the Osona capital and the growth of the region’s tannery industry.

There are documents related to tannery activity from the 12th century, and during the 14th century it became very popular in the area. However, it wasn’t until the 18th century that the Guild of Tanners decided to group all the activity and construct the actual Tanneries Neighborhood.

Nowadays, the tannery industry has become more technical. Because of that, during the 20th century, all activity was moved to the outskirts of Vic and the old buildings were abandoned. The good news is that the government declared this neighborhood as a zone of national interest back in 2009. However, because of the recent economic crisis, no action has been taken to prevent further deterioration.

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