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.
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:
This museum preserves the ruins of Roman-era and Medieval Barcelona. The ruins are from a time between 1st century BC and 7th century AD. It takes a couple of hours to fully explore the area with an audio guide. You'll see the remains of a cloth dying and fish salting factory, and well as a wine making facility. There are also remains of churches, and you can see that some of the stones used to construct the buildings had previously been gravestones and parts of older structures.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
The King Square host the most important Romanic buildings in town and today they house the Museum of the City History. The ensemble is made up of the Count of Barcelona's Palace, which became the Royal Palace later, being the residence of the Known of Aragon's Kings. This palace began to be built in the 11th century and its five stored tower (King Martí view point) comes from the 16th century. The other building is the Saint Agatha palace chapel from the 14th century, commanded by James II. In front of the church is the Lloctinent Palace, built as residence for the Viceroys. Finally the Padellàs House, a Gothic palace, was moved to the Plaça del Rei at the beginning of the twentieth century, completing the monumental ensemble.
La Plaza del Rey acoje los edificios románicos más importantes de la ciudad y, hoy en día, el Museo de Historia de la Ciudad. El conjunto lo conforman el Palacio de los Condes de Barcelona, que pasó a ser Palacio Real más tarde, siendo la residencia de los Reyes de la Corona de Aragón. Este palacio comenzó su construcción en el siglo XI y su torre de cinco plantas (Mirador del Rey Martí) procede del XVI. El otro edificio es la Capilla Palaciega de Santa Ágata, del siglo XIV, encargada por Jaime II. Frente a la iglesia está el Palacio Lloctinent, construido como residencia de los Virreyes. Fianlmente la casa Padellàs, un palacio gótico, fue trasladado a la Plaza del Rey al comienzo del siglo XX completando el conjunto monumental.
Visiting hours / Horario de visita
Tuesdays to Saturdays / Martes a sábados: 10:00 - 14:00, 16:00 - 20:00
Sundays / Domingos: 10:00 - 14:00
This fine medieval square is a living testimony to the nobility of the ancient city of Barcelona. It was a cattle fodder market for three centuries. It was also here that all the flour brought into the city in payment of taxes was collected. Hmm, cattle fodder and flour side by side. It's now wonder people got so sick back in the day! The Plaça del Rei is flanked by the Palau Reial Major, the Palau del Lloctinent, and the Santa Agatha chapel.
This royal castle was the home to king Ferdinand and queen Isabel, amongst others. The Saló del Tinell inside was where Christopher Colombus was received by the king and the queen both before and after his journeys.
The palace itself is not the most impressing in the city, considering the massive competition from other magnificent buildings. But it is a very important historical place, and it gives you a sense of reverence to stand there in these historical surroundings.
The most prominent part of the Palau del Reial Major is the box-shaped Renaissance tower of Rei Martí. The Palau del Lloctinent was created as the office of the Deputy for the court?s representative and the facade was built in a Catalan-Gothic style.
This includes many buildings built for Spanish nobility. You can visit the Palau Del Llocteinte which was built for the Spanish viceroy to Catalunya in 1550. Also attached is the Salo del Tinell. It was used as the banqueting hall of the royal palace, built around 1359-1370. It may have been the location where King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella first heard of Columbus' expliots in the new world. They sometimes house temporary exhibits here which may require an entrance fee.
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)