Santa Cecília Park
Santa Cecilia, the patron saint of musicians and the Paeria of Lleida, is the name of the park located on the northern slope of the hill in memory of one of the three sieges that the city suffered during the Catalan Revolt of 1640.
The siege of 1646, remembered as the "siege of hunger" given the supply difficulties that took place during the six long months that it lasted, was resolved by Santa Cecilia (22 November). Lleida was defended by Spanish troops commanded by the Portuguese General Brito. Surrounding the city were 20,000 French soldiers led by the Earl of Harcourt. Despite their numerical superiority, they failed to capture the city. The fierce defence that the Spanish troops, commanded by Brito, displayed against the French generated a completely magical aura around this man. The French had the belief that at night Brito was transformed into a wolf and thus could go through enemy defences to detect weaknesses unnoticed.
Despite the defeat, the French, led this time by the Prince of Condé, tried again in 1647. They also failed. This prince of Condé, in a letter intercepted by Queen Anne of Austria, confessed that he preferred three thousand more defenders inside the city then Brito as governor.
However, vengeance would come with the War of the Spanish Succession.