Museu D'Historia De La Ciutat - City History Museum, Barcelona

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    City History Museum, Barcelona, Spain
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    MUHBA/Royal Palace

    by Oleg_D. Written Mar 8, 2014

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    MUHBA or Museum of the History of the City of Barcelona has several premises with their particular exhibitions. Royal Palace belonged firstly to the Counts of Barcelona and later to the Kings of Aragon and Sicily as the part of MUHBA and situated in Gothic Block of the city known as Barri Gotic de Barcelona. My opinion is that museum is “must see” destination in Barcelona and that provide you a lot of information on history of that city from I century B.C. through XV century A.D. You will be able real masterpieces made here in Barcelona by the people of different nations, regions and cultures within two thousand years.

    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos without flashlight and tripod.
    Opening hours from October through March:
    From Tuesday through Saturday:
    From 10:00 to 14:00
    And from 16:00 to 19:00
    From April through September:
    From Tuesday through Saturday:
    From 10:00 to 20:00

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    The Palace Chapel

    by Oleg_D. Written Mar 8, 2014

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    When you visit the Museum of History the city of Barcelona situated in the former Royal Palace don’t forget to visit the palace Chapel. Very often people call this chapel as the chapel of Saint Agatha. In fact this chapel dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. This Palace chapel of the Blessed Virgin Mary was built by the King of Aragon Jaime II (1291-1327) at the beginning of XIV century. This new building replaced previous Romanesque chapel which was doubtless smaller.

    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos without flashlight and tripod.
    Opening hours from October through March:
    From Tuesday through Saturday:
    From 10:00 to 14:00
    And from 16:00 to 19:00
    From April through September:
    From Tuesday through Saturday:
    From 10:00 to 20:00

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    Main Altar-Piece of the palace Chapel

    by Oleg_D. Written Mar 8, 2014

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    Although the Palace Chapel of Blessed Virgin Mary is not big but, even let me say, quite small it has the huge altar-piece with many panels of icons with the scenes of the life of Jesus and some saints. It was created by somebody of the best Catalan painters of the mid of XV century. At the icons on the panels you can see the scenes of Adoration of Magi, Annunciation, Crucifixion, Nativity, Ascension of Virgin Mary and Resurrection with sleeping guardians. On the Icons you can see Saint Sebastian holding the bow in his hand, Saint Christopher bearing Jesus, Saint George in splendid Milanese armor and one more unidentified by me saint. Since military history of West European Middle Ages is my primary hobby the icons with Saint George and sleeping guardians are the most interesting for me personally because they provide a lot of information on Aragonese men-and-arms and well equipped infantry of second half of XV century.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos without flashlight and tripod.
    Opening hours from October through March:
    From Tuesday through Saturday:
    From 10:00 to 14:00
    And from 16:00 to 19:00
    From April through September:
    From Tuesday through Saturday:
    From 10:00 to 20:00

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    Chapel of Saint Agatha

    by Oleg_D. Written Mar 8, 2014

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    So, why people mistakenly call chapel of Saint Mary as chapel of Saint Agatha? Because there are two chapels. During the rule of Aragonese King Peter the Ceremonious (1336-1387), a side chapel had been built adjacent to the south east end of the chapel of Saint Mary. If you stand with your face toward altarpiece then this second, very small chapel will be on your left hand side and this one will be exactly the chapel of Saint Agatha. The only noticeable masterpiece of that chapel is the icon of Saint Agatha between two angels. Se demonstrates he cut breast on the tray. As anybody knows she was the Christian saint and virgin martyress and is one of seven women, who along with the Blessed Virgin Mary, are commemorated by name in the Canon of the Mass.
    According to the legend her breast were cut and sentenced to be burned at the stake, but an earthquake saved her from that fate. Instead, she was sent to prison where St. Peter the Apostle appeared to her and healed her wounds but anyway she died in prison. If we compare ancient and medieval worlds we can easily find that ancient world was much crueler.

    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos without flashlight and tripod.
    Opening hours from October through March:
    From Tuesday through Saturday:
    From 10:00 to 14:00
    And from 16:00 to 19:00
    From April through September:
    From Tuesday through Saturday:
    From 10:00 to 20:00

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    Medieval Barcelona

    by Oleg_D. Written Mar 7, 2014

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    Part of the Royal Palace exhibition tells you the story about the life of medieval Barcelona. You will be able to see some artifacts made by the hands of local tradesmen. Among such artifacts are the chests, ceramics and even frescos. I attached some pictures providing just general notion about that exhibition including the pictures of monumental fresco with combat scene with fighting mounted knights created in XIII century.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos without flashlight and tripod.
    Opening hours from October through March:
    From Tuesday through Saturday:
    From 10:00 to 14:00
    And from 16:00 to 19:00
    From April through September:
    From Tuesday through Saturday:
    From 10:00 to 20:00

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    Frescos

    by Oleg_D. Written Mar 7, 2014

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    Tinell Hall is typical XIII century ceremonial hall of Royal Palace belonged to the Kings of Aragon and Sicily with gothic windows and fireplace. The real masterpieces survived till nowadays are several frescos of second half on XIII century showing Aragonese army on the march. You can see mounted knights, foot spearmen and arbalesters there. These frescos are excellent and valuable source on Aragonese Army of XIII century.
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    Opening hours from October through March:
    From Tuesday through Saturday:
    From 10:00 to 14:00
    And from 16:00 to 19:00
    From April through September:
    From Tuesday through Saturday:
    From 10:00 to 20:00

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    The Tinell Hall

    by Oleg_D. Written Mar 7, 2014

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    Tinell Hall is typical XIII century ceremonial hall of Royal Palace belonged to the Kings of Aragon and Sicily with gothic windows and fireplace.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos without flashlight and tripod.
    Opening hours from October through March:
    From Tuesday through Saturday:
    From 10:00 to 14:00
    And from 16:00 to 19:00
    From April through September:
    From Tuesday through Saturday:
    From 10:00 to 20:00

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    Barcelona City History Museum, part II

    by Martin_S. Updated Nov 15, 2011

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    Every Roman city had its Jews and Barcino was no exception as you can see by the Hebrew inscription on this stone tablet. The other photos show, a laundry area, a garum factory (a type of fish paste garnish, sounds horrible and I had to look it up to see what garum is), and a shot of Saint Agatha's Chapel from the Palau Padellàs (the Gothic palace, that was transfered in 1931, stone by stone from Carrer de Mercaders to the Plaça del Rei to make room for construction of a road). This is also the reason that the Palace is above and the Roman ruins are underground, making the museum half buried.
    Entrance is free with the Barcelona Card.
    Don't get confused on your way OUT of the museum, the exit is on the Placa del Rei (a short distance from the entrance.

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    Barcelona City History Museum (MUHBA)

    by Martin_S. Updated Nov 15, 2011

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    Interesting story behind this museum. Bareclona city decided to build a new road in town and while digging for construction the old Roman city of Barcino was discovered. Hence a major part of this museum is underground to include the old Roman city as well.
    You get a glimpse into the lives of the Romans who were living far away from their native Italy and bringing some of their foreign culture into Spain. The best was of course the area devoted to wine making ^O^
    Don't forget to get your audio guide.
    Admission is 7.00 Euro, but free to those with the Barcelona Card.
    The website listed below by VT is in Spanish only, so if you would like to learn more in English, look at this site:
    http://www.barcelona.de/en/barcelona-museum-city-history.html

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    History heaven

    by Joacim Written May 21, 2009

    A museum located in an old palace makes it always interesting. Combine that with the history of Barcelona from the very beginning with prime focus on the days of the Romans. Combine that with a spectacular exhibition in the basement where they have dug down to the city as it was in the Roman times.

    You can look at the winemakers and their techniques, a church, roman villas. Unfortunately only the ruins of them but it is spectacular indeed. I do loved it and will come back more times!

    Overview of the roman ruins A church Roman ruins THe winemakers quarter Old mosaic floor
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    Museu d'Història de la Ciutat

    by MM212 Updated Sep 22, 2008

    One of the most fascinating museums in Barcelona, Museu d'Història de la Ciutat, is also the one most bypassed by visitors. As the name suggests, it tells the history of the city of Barcelona, but while this is true (and sounds boring), many might be astonished to learn that the subterranean museum contains an entire, incredibly well-preserved, neighbourhood of Roman Barcino - the best feature of the museum. The ruins were discovered only in 1931 and later turned into the museum. Entrance is through Casa Clairana-Padellàs on Plaça del Rei and the exit is through Palau Reial. Also part of this museum is access into Capilla de Santa Àgata and the Saló del Tinell, where Columbus met Isabel and Fernando upon his return from the Americas.

    Walls of Barcino Streets of Barcino
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    Capella Reial de Santa Àgata

    by MM212 Updated Jul 19, 2008

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    Capella Reial de Santa Àgata is a beautiful Gothic chapel in the Barri Gòtic. Work on the chapel began in 1302 and continued for a couple of centuries. It was constructed over the Roman wall and is attached to the Palau Reial, the royal palace. The edifice is no longer used as a church, but the interior - accessible through the Museu d'Història de la Ciutat - contains an impressive 15th century altar.

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    Museu d'Historia de la Ciutat

    by Belsaita Updated Jan 4, 2008

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    My favorite museum here in Barcelona is probably the City History Museum. It has 2 main sites: the one in Plaça del Rei will help you to understand the history of the city from the Romans to the Middle ages.

    The site of the City History Museum at Monestir de Pedralbes will make you feel like you were in another time and place.

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    I went twice!

    by mstinawu Written Dec 2, 2007

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    This is one of the most interesting historical museums I've been to. It was above and beyond my expectations. I don't know why the tour guides in books don't give it more of a spotlight. Ah, well. Less of a fuss for those of us who don't live by the guidebooks, eh?

    A ticket to this place is cheaper than most museums and it comes w/ a fully guided audio tour in several language. The audio tour that goes w/ the subterranean portion of the museum was really what me go "wow". You really felt like you were walking in an ancient city w/ many of the ruins and very detailed drawings of what the ruins around you looked like long before. I was so enthralled when I met different friends in Barcelona a week later after my 1st trip there, I went again! Enchanting and very interesting--I don't think kids would get too bored at this wonderful historical museum. Allow at least two hours for this visit!

    Outside the museum A photo I snuck of the subterranian city.. Shh..
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    Interesting... but not that interesting

    by mikey_e Written Nov 22, 2007

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    Barcelona is a pretty interesting city. It's a unique blend of cultures and styles, of old and new beauty, a meeting place of different ideas and philosophies. It isn't, however, a place where history has been made on the scale of Paris, London or even Sarajevo. The Museu d'Història de la Ciutat is an interesting place, but like many other civil museums it packs itself with so much material you begin to wonder if there are any artefacts that are not on display. The good thing is that the city museum has different exhibits that alternate and change every few months, and that they are generally themed around specific intersections of history, literature, art and myth. I went to a display on the city's ancient roots. There were plenty of displays of pottery and weaponry from the Iberians, Celts, Greeks and Romans, all well organized but still a bit overwhelming. This isn't somewhere you should plan to visit instead of, say, the MNAC or the Picasso Museum, but it is an interesting stop if you're in Barcelona for an extended period of time and want to see something that only locals tend to visit.

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