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Monastery of Sant Feliu de Guíxols
The Benedictine monastery complex is the jewel in the crown of the town's architectural heritage. It preserves extremely important elements such as the Romanesque Porta Ferrada (Iron Gate), the most ancient part of the complex, which has become a symbol of the town. The church of Mare de Déu dels Àngels and the Corn and Fum towers also form part of the complex, which houses the City History Museum and will soon also house the Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza Catalan Art Collection Centre.
The city's past, including its prominent cork industry, has left an important architectural legacy in the form of the modernist houses of Sant Pol beach or the manor houses on the seafront, presided over by the Casino de la Constància (19th century civic centre). Other places of interest include the Toy Museum, the Cava Cap Museum and the Lifesaving Museum. The chapel of Sant Elm is also well worth a visit, boasting one of the best vantage points on the Costa Brava; indeed, this is where Ferran Agulló christened this stretch of coastline with the name Costa Brava.