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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  • Imposing building which is the heart of power in Catalonia. It is located on Jaume square. Interesting to stop to see.
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  • When I go to "Jaumel" station from the hotel happens to be passed. Still, Europe seems to be very very wide square in front it seems Spain was impressive. I think Spain according to when you go so I don't have to go all the way, see the Cathedral and close to the Cathedral square and the buildings look good.
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  • Catalan Autonomous Government Agency stands facing the Plaça Sant Jaume. In Spain for this 2 month journey many have seen Hall (Hall). Two of the two flag, flags of Spain and Catalonia around hung to the autonomous government agency. And City Hall has been raised three, the flag on the left is the flag of the city of Barcelona, flag of the Spain flag, right Catalan flag, Central. On the building has a statue of Sant Jordi, in the St George is the patron saint of Catalonia.
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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