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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  • An architectural marvel that spans a wide constructive period, from the 15th century until the 17TH by what we can see a wide variety of styles. The most beautiful part, no doubt, the Gothic part. They bidden you Pati dels Tarongers and chapels. The guided visit is essential to understand the entire process of successive enlargements. A unique space in Barcelona
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  • This building is not the most famous in Barcelona, but he's in good shape and looked very good, balanced themed architecture. There was a local administration office inside, so you cannot see without some work prior to the visit.
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  • This government building stands in a nice and relaxing plaza atmosphere. You can get coffee, a light bite to eat at the numerous shops. Enjoy  more »
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  • This palace situated right in the heart of Catalonia and symbolic for their ambition for independence.
  • 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.
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  • The building is located in the historic center of the old town

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Because the city's metro system makes traveling from area to area relatively painless, you have more flexibility in choosing a place to stay. Barceloneta, the neighborhood surrounding the city beach is somewhat removed from the city center, making its hotels popular with families. Only a 15-minute walk from the center, Barceloneta has a more laid-back beach atmosphere but still offers several restaurants and entertainment options. Farther away from the beach and closer to the city center, El Born is a charming neighborhood well-known for its restaurants and lively bar scene. Eixample is also popular as it is more central and home to some of the city's best shopping and tourist sites, including La Sagrada Familia. For a more traditional experience, consider staying in the Gothic Quarter, the heart of Old Barcelona. This picturesque neighborhood boasts a tight network of historical architecture with boutique hotels and traditional restaurants.
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