Palau De La Generalitat, Barcelona
The Palau de la Generalitat in Barcelona is the seat of the Catalan government. The Palau has pure Gothic, flamboyant Gothic, Renaissance and baroque elements behind the neoclassical façade. The building was constructed between the XV and mid-XVII centuries and this accounts for the variety of architectural styles. The delicate beauty of the Pati dels Tarongers, the courtyard planted with orange trees, is particularly outstanding.
There is a superb Gothic cloister inside the building, with a staircase designed by Marc Safont, who also created the facade on Carrer del Bisbe (the former main entrance) and the beautiful chapel on the first floor, built in the flamboyant Gothic style. The Pati dels Tarongers, which was built between 1532 and 1547, combines the delicacy of Renaissance architecture with the cooling greenery of native plants and trees, and is the chosen place for many official events of the Catalan government. Other highlights include the main hall, the Saló de Sant Jordi, which dates from the same period; and the Saló de Torres Garcia, which contains paintings by this leading Uruguayan artist.
Guided Visits: 2nd & 4th weekend of each month. It is necessary to book online in advance.
The Palau de la Generalitat is a historic palace. It houses the offices of the Presidency of the Generalitat de Catalunya.
The palace of the government of Catalonia has been constructed in XV century. The ladder, a chapel and a courtyard was kept till now.
You can watch my 3 min 07 sec Video Barcelona St Jacob Square and Royal Palace out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.
Just a note here, even though both our guide books spoke of visiting hours for this building, when we arrived there the police guards turned us away with no explanation.
So all we got was a peak inside the entrance area.
For more historical information, try this site:
The place here is known as “the first parliament in Europe”, assembly started to work here already from 1283. Nowadays the building is a seat of Catalan government. It is in neoclassical style, but place thorough the history got gothic, renaissance and baroque elements as well.
Parliament stopped working here in 1714, when Phillip V occupied the land, and only in 20th century the work started again. Actually I don’t know is it allowed to get inside, but I heard it is quite interesting to see it inside due to variety of architectural styles and inner yard.
Palau de la Generalitat is located in the Gothic quarter and is the seat of the autonomous government of Catalonia. The building was started in the 15th century but was not finished until the 19th century, over the years it had many additions and is a combination of differing styles. Above the entrance is the Statue of St. George, the patron saint of Catalonia. The Palau is also used for institutional visits, presentations of medals or awards, audiences and receptions.
Tours of the Palau de la Generalitat are open to groups and individual visitors on the second and fourth weekend of every month by appointment.
The Palau de la Generalitat is an important building in modern Catalunya, as it hosts the region’s government and is usually involved in official demonstrations if they are planned. The building, too, is an important one from an architectural standpoint, although its current Renaissance façade does not fully expose the long history of the entire structure. The first building was acquired farther in from the Plaça Sant Jaume when the Call (Jewish quarter) was emptied of its original inhabitants. It was done in the traditional Gothic style, which various Gothic renovations to the interior of the building carried out in the 15th century, after the building was officially appropriate (1391). This includes the Galèria de Sant Jordi. At first, only minor Renaissance modifications were made, but then the building was expanded to the Plaça Sant Jaume, which is the façade most people take in. These works took more than a bit of time – up until the 19th century – because of technical difficulties and various financial crises (sound familiar?). Eventually, however, they were carried out and resulted in other interior modifications, such as the Capella, later Saló, Sant Jordi. Another interesting part of the building is the bridge that leads from the Palau de la Generalitat to the casa de les Canonges (the office of the President of Catalunya). Despite the fact that the neo-Gothic style of the bridge seems to accord quite well with the rest of the old structure, don’t be fooled – it was only built in the 1920s, after the restoration of devolved power to Barcelona.
The seat of the Catalan government today, el Palau de la Generalitat, was constructed in the 15th century and expanded over the centuries. It is located on Plaça de Sant Jaume in the centre of Barri Gòtic, where a Roman theatre once existed. The oldest part of the building, built in Gothic style on the side street, incorporates an older 13th century wall, but the main Italianate façade overlooking the square was completed in the 16th century. The stunning neo-Gothic bridge in the alley next to the edifice is in fact an early 20th century addition, attached to the original 15th century Gothic building. Visits to the Palau are permitted.
Not far from Barri Gotic. The town council and the regional government headquarters are locate here.
On Sunday afternoons traditional Catalan dancing Sardana will perform here. To get there, take Yellow Line, L4. station Jaume I.
The Building of Catalonia’s Parliament is in the Gothic region of Barcelona. The Gothic region has a great history. Ancient Romans had settlement there and the Government building built n the ancient Romans city place.
This is the home of Catalunya's parliment of the 15th century. It has undergone many structural changes over the years as its position in Barcelona's society has grown. The facade is more late Renaissance and much different than some of the Gothic exteriors. It is only open to the public on April 23rd and September 24th. It is quite impressive if you ever do get to go inside and well worth the visit.
The Generalitat de Catalunya original door is located at the Carrer del Bisbe. The palace itself is also a mixture of Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and other styles. Here at the Placa Sant Jaume major events in town take place such as victories celebrations of Barcelona soccer teams, parades, mass meetings, protests, local parties...
Generalitat Palace Carilló. This one was inaugurate on december 1976 by M. Dolors Coll.
What's this carilló? 49 bells, 4.898 Kg. of bronze. Was built in Netherlands by Petit and Fritsen.
Anna Maria Reverté is the official player.
It was Catalunya's parliment in the 15th century. It is situated in the plaza de Sant Jaume behind the Cathedral, close to the Ramblas.