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Plaça Sant Jaume

  • Government Building

Published 08/20/2018

Fodor's Review

Facing each other across this oldest epicenter of Barcelona (and often on politically 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 Ajuntament de Barcelona, in the Casa de la Ciutat. 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, but the two imposing government buildings are actually much older: the Ajuntament dates back to the 14th century, and the Generalitat was built between the 15th- and mid-17th century.

Sight Information


Barcelona, Catalonia, 08002, Spain

Sight Details:

  • Closed weekdays
  • Tours of Ajuntament (in Catalan, Spanish, and English) weekends 10–2; tours of Generalitat on 2nd and 4th weekends of month 10:30–1, by reservation only (bring your passport)

Published 08/20/2018


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