Barcelona Sights

Plaça Sant Jaume

  • Government Building

Published 08/18/2015

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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. Though the square was cleared in the 1840s, the two imposing government buildings are actually much older: the Ayuntamiento dates to the 14th century, and the Generalitat was built between the 15th and mid-17th centuries.

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Barcelona, Catalonia, 08002, Spain

Sight Details:

  • Tours of the Ayuntamiento (in English) weekends at 11; tours of the Generalitat on 2nd and 4th weekends of month 10:30–1, by reservation only

Published 08/18/2015


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