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

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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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    Casa Padellas

    by bpwillet Written Feb 6, 2004

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    Built for a noble family in the 15th century it now houses the Museu d'Historia de la Ciutat. It is a great example of a Gothic mansion. Attached to the Palace del Rei Major you can walk through it and see the excavated Roman town, the Capella Reial de Santa Agata, that served as the palace chapel. On the outside are more remains of old Roman walls which were used as part of the fortifications of the palace.

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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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    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.
    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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    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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    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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    Historic Museum (Historia de la Ciutat)

    by SirRichard Written Oct 28, 2003

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    Here you can find several items related with the history of BCN, in a magnificient building from the 11th century (Palau Condal). It was residence of the last kings of Catalonia.

    In the underground you can see some archeological founds which go from the Neolithic age to today.

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    Museu d'hist`oria de la ciutat

    by miedje Written Dec 25, 2003

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    This museum which shows the history of the city is situated in a beautiful building which surrounds a square. Standing on the square (Plaça del Rei) which is always full of music and people, you're unaware that you're standing on an archeological site. Therefore you have to enter the museum. It takes you to the Barcelonian subsiol where you can find an old Roman village (Colonia Iulia Augusta Faventia Paterna Barcino) founded by emperor Augustus. There are also Visigothic and other medieval remains.
    It's open from Tuesday to Sunday. Openingtimes:
    winter tue to sa - 10 am to 2 pm and 4 pm to 8 pm
    summer tue to sa - 10am to 8 am
    sundays and holidays 10am to 3 pm
    closed on some holidays (1jan, 1may, 24jun, 25&26dec)

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    Roman Roots

    by vivalasteph Updated Oct 9, 2003

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    This museum is fascinating for adults and children. You step into an elevator and watch the years rewind as you descend to the bottom level. When you step out, you are standing on the original Roman streets of Barcelona, covering a large area under the Barri Gotic. You can watch the work in progress, as well.

    I even took off my sandals so I could walk barefoot on the stones.

    Climb up the King's Tower at the end of the tour to see a great view of the city.

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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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    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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    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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    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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    museo d' historia de la ciutat

    by doug48 Written Jun 24, 2007

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    the museo d' historia de la ciutat has on display the most extensive subterranean roman ruins in the world. you enter through the pictured arch into a 14th century palace then under ground to the roman ruins.

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