Palau De La Generalitat De Catalunya, Barcelona

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The Palau de la Generalitat de Catalunya is a historic palace in Barcelona, Catalonia, northern Spain. It houses the offices of the Presidency of the Generalitat de Catalunya. It is one of the few buildings of medieval origin in Europe that still functions as a seat of government and houses the institution that originally built it.The palace is located in the district of Ciutat Vella in Barcelona. It is bounded by the Carrer del Bisbe, Carrer de Sant Sever and Carrer de Sant Honorat. Its principal façade gives onto the Plaça de Sant Jaume, across from the City Hall of Barcelona.The original building was purchased in 1400 by then-president Alfons de Tous. It was located on the Carrer de Sant Honorat, in the former Jewish Quarter, or Call. The first extension (in the year 1416) faced the street and was carried out by Bishop Marc Safont, who also built the chapel of St. George, in 1434.In 1596, Pere Blai designed the current principal façade on the Plaça de Sant Jaume, in the Renaissance style. This is the first grand façade of this architectural style in Catalonia. Thereafter, several other houses were purchased and integrated into the palace.HistoryThe Palau de la Generalitat today is not just a public building with historical associations. It is also the seat of the Government of Catalonia and the Presidency of the Generalitat.One hundred and thirty Presidents have governed from this house, from Berenguer de Cruïlles (1359) to the current President, Carles Puigdemont.
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  • I already visit this emblematic building during the open day which is held every year during the celebrations of the national day. It was that day when we learned that organized two tours a month for free and, of course, we couldn't resist us to return. We don't regret because, although we could finally see the same spaces and corners of the building, the guided visit helped us to discover some details that otherwise we would have gone completely unnoticed. It is incredible the amount of elements and curiosities that are hidden in each and every one of your stays. To highlight, above all, the work of our guide that day. You could see that he was a person with a broad level of knowledge of the subject and managed to convey the passion that he felt for his work at all times. We have really enjoyed the visit.
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  • In the Central placa de Sant Jaume we find ourselves in front of the large building that dates back to the middle ages and is still the seat of the Presidency of the Generalitat of Catalonia; the overall appearance is very nice, moderate and anticipates almost more modern styles; the vicissitudes for the independence of Catalonia are concentrated here.
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  • Security was rude to my wife and other tourists. He even told every tourists should go back to their own countries. Hello? Aren’t tourists helping the city economically? If he thinks for the city, he better just focus in his security duty and never mind of tourists enjoying their time at the plaza.
  • A historic Palace, well conserved, full of history... Completely magic!
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