Casa De L’Ardiaca, Barcelona

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    Casa de l’Ardiaca

    by Oleg_D. Written May 11, 2014

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    The House of Archdeacon or Casa l’Ardiaca was built in the XV century by order of the Archdeacon Lluís Desplà, who converted his residence into real Gothic Palace. In the XIX century, several owners made changes. In 1924 it became the site of the Historic Archive of the City of Barcelona. The Casa de l’Ardiaca the residence of the ecclesiastical hierarchy from the XII century onwards has undergone many alterations over the years, such as the ones carried out in the early XVI century which connected the building with the dean’s residence.
    The other surprise is to be found outside, on the main façade. In 1895, the Lawyers’ Association, the Collegi d’Advocats, set up its premises in the building and commissioned the architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner to design a letter box. The modernist elements which it is composed of are deeply symbolic: the three swallows guarantee the freedom of justice, whereas bureaucratic procedures, symbolized by the tortoise, represent the obstacles that hinder legal matters.
    Opening time:
    From Setember 1 through June 30:
    Monday to Friday:
    From 09:00 to 20:45.
    Saturday: from 09:00 to 13:00
    From July 1 to August 31:
    Monday to Friday:
    From 09:00 to 19:30

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    Casa de l’Ardiaca. Part II

    by Oleg_D. Written May 11, 2014

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    The current look dates from 1962 when the houses attached to the Roman wall were torn down. That Roman wall adjoins Barcelona’s Plaça Nova has a secret in store. On the other side stands the entrance to Archdeacon’s House which contains interesting archaeological remains. As you enter the Casa de l’Ardiaca’s courtyard, you’ll find a building which is a fusion of all eras and styles. XVI century was the period when central courtyard was built and the Renaissance-style decorations which tie in with the flamboyant Gothic style of the original building, completed. A staircase leads to the upper terrace, a balcony in the purest Romeo and Juliet style. At the back of the Casa de l’Ardiaca is a wall underpinning part of the ancient Roman wall of Barcelona. One side of this wall is attached to a section of a replica of the aqueduct which stood at the gateway to the city.
    Opening time:
    From Setember 1 through June 30:
    Monday to Friday:
    From 09:00 to 20:45.
    Saturday: from 09:00 to 13:00
    From July 1 to August 31:
    Monday to Friday:
    From 09:00 to 19:30

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    Bishop's palace

    by Raimix Updated Feb 6, 2011

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    Bishop’s palace is located in Barcelona Barri gothic quarter, just nearby Cathedral. It is massive gothic building, constructed in 12 – 13th centuries and as an office of Catalonian bishops in medieval times. Around there is a square, where street musicians make their shows, also flea market is housed.

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    Medieval Barcelona: Ardiaca's House

    by Elisabcn Updated Aug 20, 2009

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    From medieval times (XIIIth century) but restored during the XVI and XVII centuries, it was the Archdeacon’s seat and today houses the Municipal History Archives. When Lluis Desplà (1444-1524) was named Archdeacon he renovated and remodelled the old buildings of the archdeaconry, unifying them into one building in the style of the contemporary palaces (1520).
    As the building is against the Roman wall (the face can be seen from the ground floor interior) there was not enough room to place the patio inside, according to the canons of the day, so it had to be constructed at the entrance.
    The overall structure is of Flamboyant Gothic character, although the sculptural details contain elements from the Italian Renaissance.
    On the façade there is a modernist letterbox by Doménech i Montaner (1902) with some pigeons and a turtle. That symbolizes that the post can be very fast but sometimes very slow too :-)

    In the patio which is in the form of a cloister there is a large palm tree and the fountain which, for Eucharist, is adorned by the "l’ou com balla" (the dancing egg).

    Ardiaca's House. Detail of the letterbox
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    Casa de l'Ardiaca

    by MM212 Updated Sep 26, 2008

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    One of the prime examples of how Barcelona harmoniously blends old and new, the Casa de l'Ardiaca combines Roman, mediaeval and modern construction. The original edifice was built in the 12th century over the Roman wall as the Archdeacon's house and was modified again in the 15th century. A modern addition, housing the national archives, was added in the 20th century. Casa de l'Ardiaca is located next to the Barcelona Cathedral in Barri Gòtic.

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    Casa de I’Ardiaca

    by MalenaN Written Jun 7, 2008

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    This building was the Archdeacon’s House and it now houses the city archives. It was constructed in the 12th century but what you see today very much dates from the 16th century.
    There is a nice courtyard with a fountain and you can climb the stairs to get a view of the street below and the cathedral. So, if you are passing stop for some minutes and have a look.
    On the wall outside there is a beautiful mailbox in marbel (see 2nd photo).

    Courtyard at Casa de I���Ardiaca Mailbox at Casa de I���Ardiaca
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    Medieval buildings

    by DanielF Updated Feb 11, 2004

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    Two impressive Medieval buildings stand in front of the Neo-Gothic façade of the cathedral: the Ardiaca House and the Pia Almoina. They both were built on the former Roman wall.

    The Ardiaca House or Archdeacon's house was first erected in the XII century but many additions have been made in the course of times. The beautiful Neo-Gothic patio stands out by own rights. the building hosts nowadays the city historic archives.

    The otehr building, Pia Almoina, used to host a medieval charity institution from the XI century (the pious almon) that provided food for the poorest of the city. It became later the Canon's residence. Nowadays, it hosts the Diocesan museum as well as temporary exhibitions.

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    Archbishop's palace

    by DanielF Updated Feb 11, 2004

    A classicist façade hides a very old structure. The building leans indeed against the Roman wall. Inside, different elements modelled after the successive artistic styles: from Romanesque and Gothic to contemporary.

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    Casa d l'Arcadia

    by bpwillet Written Feb 6, 2004

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    This is an archive building which used to be the house of the archdecon. There is an inner courtyard with many trees and a fountain. You can climb the inner staircase and look down into the courtyard and over to the cathedral. There remnants of the old Roman wall on the interior as well.

    Casa de l'Ardiaca-Barri Gotic
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    Casa de l'Ardiaca

    by martin_nl Updated Jan 4, 2003

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    The Casa de l'Ardiaca has a beautiful patio with a fountain and a big palmtree. On the first floor you can pay a visit to the city archives 'Arxiu Històric de la Ciutat'. Also take a look at the marble letterbox!!

    Palm tree in the patio

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