Palau de la Generalitat de Catalunya, Barcelona

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The Palau de la Generalitat 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 i Casamajó.
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  • We passed by chance and we took a picture of the beautiful dome painted with the flag.
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  • The Palau de la Generalitat de Catalunya stands in the heart of the historical center of Barcelona on the Placa de Sant Jaume. If you go south from the Cathedral on the Carrer del Bisbe, is less than five minutes. The building was built in 1523 in the Gothic style and now has a neo-classical facade. Overall, the building is very well maintained. Especially the colorful dome-like Tower on the roof did it to us.
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  • We in Plaça de Sant Jaume, in the Centre of Barcelona, la Ciutat Vella, and in this building from the Renaissance façade is the seat of the Government of the generality of Catalonia. In the same square, opposite, we find the Casa de la Ciutat, the capital of the district.
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  • A great plaza in the middle if the Gothic section of Barcelona. While not overly crowded, it is busy from the morning to the middle of the night. Friday evenings you'll see a stream of weddings going in and out if the city hall. Often the wedding couple walk around after with their photographer to get some wedding pictures. It's central to all the shopping and restaurants in the Gothic quarter.
  • Palau de la Generalitat de Catalunya, located at Plaça de Sant Jaume is the White House of Catalunya. It is the seat of the Government of Catalonia and the Presidency of the Generalitat. While you're standing on the square outside the Generalitat, look closely at the facade of the City Hall and you’ll see a sculpture of St George and the Dragon, a tale that has been passed down for generations in the Catalan folklore. I had found this story fascinating. Legend has it, and I’m paraphrasing quite a bit, is that the city was once terrorised by a dragon and the King offered up the princess as a blood sacrifice to save the people. So happened that on the day of the sacrifice, St George happened to rode by and decided to save the princess by slaying the dragon. The story takes so much prominence in Barcelona that the people actually celebrates St George’s Day, which is actually their version of Valentine’s Day. Do notice as you visit around Barcelona that the dragon motif featured prominently across the city. If I didn’t head the story in the first place, I would have completely missed interesting nugget.
  • The building is located in the historic center of the old town
  • It's a pity that you can't actually visit inside
  • Only been outside