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Plaça Sant Jaume

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Updated 03/10/2014

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Facing each other across this oldest epicenter of Barcelona (and often politically on opposite sides as well) are the seat of Catalonia's regional government, the Generalitat de Catalunya, in the Palau de La Generalitat, and the City Hall, the Ayuntamiento de Barcelona, in the Casa de la Ciutat. Just east of the Cathedral, this square was the site of the Roman forum 2,000 years ago, though subsequent construction filled the space with buildings. The square was cleared in the 1840s; the two imposing government buildings facing each other across it are much older: the Ayuntamiento dates to the 14th century; the Generalitat was built between the 15th and mid-17th centuries.

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Pl. Sant Jaume, Barcelona, Catalonia, 08002, Spain

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  • Guided tours of the Ayuntamiento in English, weekends at 11 am; tours of the Generalitat, 2nd and 4th weekends every month 10:30 am–1 pm, by reservation only.

Updated 03/10/2014


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