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Things to do: sightseeing, museums, historic sites
Vic is the capital of the comarca of Osona, in the Barcelona Province, Catalonia, Spain. Vic's location is 69 km from Barcelona and 60 km from Girona. Vic's position has made it one of the most important towns in central Catalonia.GeographyVic lies in the middle of a plain named Plain Vic, equidistant from Barcelona and the Pyrenees.Altitude: 499 m Latitude: 41º 55′ 49″ N Length: 2º 15′ 17″ EVic is famous for its persistent fog in winter as a result of a persistent thermal inversion with lows temperatures up to -10 ° C and an absolute record of -24 º. Episodes of cold and severe snowstorms are noticeable. In summer, storms are very common during the dry season typical of the Mediterranean climate of coastal Catalonia. For that reason the natural vegetation includes the pubescent oak typical of the sub-Mediterranean climates of eastern France, Northern Italy and the Balkans.HistoryVic is of ancient origin. In past times it was called Ausa by the Romans. Iberian coins bearing this name have been found there. The Visigoths called it Ausona. Sewage caps on sidewalks around the city will also read "Vich," an old form of the name.During the 8th and 9th centuries, Vic sat in the Spanish Marches that separated Frankish and Islamic forces. It was destroyed in 788 during a Muslim incursion. Afterwards only one quarter was rebuilt, which was called Vicus Ausonensis (vicus is Latin for city borough), from which the name Vic was derived. It was repopulated by Wilfred the Hairy in 878 who gained control over the high part of the city and gave up the lowest part to the bishop to construct the episcopal see. From then on, the city was ruled by the count of Barcelona and by the bishop of Vic.
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