Casa de I’Ardiaca, Barcelona

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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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    Ardiaca's House. Detail of the letterbox

    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).

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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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    Courtyard at Casa de I���Ardiaca
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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).

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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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    Casa de l'Ardiaca-Barri Gotic

    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.

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    Casa de l'Ardiaca

    by martin_nl Updated Jan 4, 2003

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    Palm tree in the patio

    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!!

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