Granollers is now a bustling business centre, having grown from a town dominated by Catalonia's textile industry that was prominent during the 19th Century. However, in the southern portion of the municipality, the Palou area retains the agricultural characteristics of the past Granollers forms a conurbation with Canovelles, Les Franqueses del Vallès and the district of La Torreta in La Roca del Vallès. The city is crossed by the Congost river, a tributary of the Besòs. It is considered to be the other jewel of the Barcelona metropolitan area. It is around 25 km north-east of the centre of Barcelona. During the Spanish Civil War, in May 1938, the Bombing of Granollers was carried out by Italian bombers, resulting in 100-200 civilian fatalities La Porxada, is a Renaissance building which served as a grain storehouse, emblematic of the town. On Corró street, there is the ancient hospital of Sant Domènec, now the Francesc Tarafa theatre, a good example of restored Gothic architecture. The church of Sant Esteve in the city centre also contains Gothic elements from the 15th Century along with an octagonal tower.
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