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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  • In the heart of the Gothic Quarters, and right across city hall. Very beautiful architecture and great plaza.  more »
  • Rather plain, still impressive. The seat of the Corts Catalan and other devolved government over several years.  more »
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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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