The Palau Reial Major (Catalan pronunciation: [pəˈlaw rəˈjal məˈʒo]; "Grand Royal Palace") is a complex of historic buildings located in Plaça del Rei, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. It was a residence of the counts of Barcelona and later, of the Kings of Aragon. It is composed of three distinct edifices:Plan a Barcelona trip in moments using our itinerary builder.
the Saló del Tinell, built by King Peter IV in 1359–1362
the Palatine Chapel of St. Agatha (1302), built under King James II
the Palau del Lloctinent (1549), built by Generalitat of Catalonia under Charles VThe Saló del Tinell was built in the 14th century under the direction of architect Guillem Carbonell. Its gothic round arches are founded over 11th-century vaults (built themselves over a pre-existing monumental structure dating to the Visigoth age). The Chapel of St. Agatha was designed by architect Bertran Riquer to act as the royal chapel, replacing a previous oratory. It has an octagonal tower from the early 14th century, and it consists of a single aisle with a roof ceiling and ends with a polygonal apse. The sacristy is built within the ancient Roman walls. By commission of Peter V of Aragon (1463–1466) painter Jaume Huguet made the chapel altarpiece dedicated to the Epiphany.
Both Saló del Tinell and St. Agatha Chapel are valuated as Catalan Gothic architecture masterpieces. The Epiphany altarpiece is also an outstanding gothic painting. They can be visited as a part of the Barcelona City History Museum MUHBA. Temporary exhibitions are held in them.
After the 16th century, the edifice was no longer used as a royal residence and was divided between the Inquisition and the royal administration. In this period, the door leading to the Royal Audience Hall was built, with a triangular tympanum (currently at the entrance of the Museu Frederic Marès).
The Palau de Lloctinent was built in 1549–1557 by Antoni Carbonell, in late Gothic-Renaissance style as the residence of the Viceroy (Lloctinent) of Catalonia. Also from this period is the so-called Mirador of King Martin, a five-storey tower on a rectangular plan (1555).
Palau de Lloctinent Reviews
This gorgeous building (built 1549-1557) is worth a visit for the architecture and flora alone. It time permits, enter the on-site museum and learn about the Archives of the Crown of Aragon (begin..... more »
We stumbled across this courtyard on the way to visit a museum. There not much to say other than... It's wonderful. Small, peaceful and beautiful. Lots of plants and a water feature. There is not.... more »
The Palace, very close to the cathedral, also called Palazzo del Lieutenente, was built in 1557 and was the home of the Spanish Vice kings; It has two entrances, one from Plaza del Rey, on which it overlooks and the other from Calle Comtes; On entering you can see a garden patio with a stone fountain in the centre and a beautiful stone staircase; Today is the general archive of the Crown of Aragon.
Beautiful 16th-century building that is part of the architectural ensemble of the Royal Palace and it is the seat of an important historical archive, the archive of the Crown of Aragon
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