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Placa del Rei, Barcelona
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Plaça del Rei is a 14th-century medieval public square in the Barri Gòtic of Barcelona.The square is surrounded by the Palau Reial Major including the Saló del Tinell, the Palau del Lloctinent, the 15th-century tower Mirador del Rei Martí, and the Capella Reial de Santa Àgata . On its southern side stands Casa Padellàs a 15th-16th century palazzo which was moved to here stone by stone from Mercaders street in 1931 and that since 1943 houses the Barcelona City History Museum .Topos V, a work by Eduardo Chillida underlines one of the corners of the square
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  • Unusual in the sense that it is neither grand nor populated, Placa del Rei is one for history buffs....I found this quaint corner rather interesting during a morning walk through the old town!! 
  • Excellent site. My wife spotted it in a tour book and since I love history, it was a natural. Not only describes the history of Roman and early Christian times in Barcelona, but goes underground to sh...  more »
  • Very pleasant square because collection, without cars, hidden; You may access or from the apse of the Cathedral (with the apse behind you take the left lane — baixada de Santa Clara), or da baixada of Libreteria (the road from Plaza de l'angel, where is the metro stop Jaume I, leads to plaça de Sant Jaume), turning right at the first street you meet coming from Plaça de l ' Angel. Surrounded by medieval buildings, among them being the Palau Reial Major, it would be a small casket, oasis of peace and tranquility, where stop for a while, maybe sitting on the steps of the Palace, before diving back into "chaos" citizen, but always if you find freedom from excessive crowd (kinda hard in this city): even the bar tables in the middle of the square is true that can relieve , but also ruin the atmosphere. The Council also to go there when the Sun isn't high, because with the square all in shadow seems to make it better.
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  • very cool plaza, hidden away from the hustle and bustle. good place to have a cold beer in summer
  • Nice place next to the entrance of Museu d'Història de Barcelona MUHBA.
  • Sitting on this very steps on Placa del Rei, surrounded by Barcelona's royal palace, Palau Reial Major, I imagined myself part of the crowd that listen to Christopher Columbus' discovery of the New World as he relates his tale to the King and Queen. It might just be folklore but didn't stop me from still pretending that it's true. During the Middle Ages, the Palau Reial Major is home to the kings and counts, who ruled Barcelona. The buildings here are great examples of the different civilisations that has made their mark in this city. Just notice how the Romanesque buildings are transformed with Gothic architecture on top of original structures.
  • Not an attraction on it's own but it's close to the historic museum and the cathedral.
  • Nice place but the foutain was full o beer can and plastic bottles.