The Iberian tribe once ruled the area where Lleida now resides, and they defended it against the Romans before eventually falling into Roman rule. Under Roman government, the city became extremely important and flourished both economically as well as socially. The city also became an important part of the Visigoth rule and was eventually conquered by the Moors in 1148. The city also boasts one of the oldest universities in the world, the University of Lleida, which is still in operation today.
Lleida is a cultural hub of the Catalonian region. Auditori Enric Granados is the main concert hall of the city and provides music instruction, conservation, and performances throughout the year. The Teatre de l'Escorxador is the region's main theater and includes a concert venue for performances. The city of Lleida also offers visitors with an opportunity to visit the Museum of Lleida as well as other important art and historic buildings. Several ancient cathedrals are dotted throughout the city and provide a unique architecture to the region. Since the city has been occupied by various cultures, cathedrals of different styles ranging from Romanesque and Gothic, to Spanish and Medieval, have been constructed.