Palau de la Generalitat

Gothic Quarter

15th century gothic building. Linked to the House of the Canons by the aforementioned overpass.
Courtyard of the Orange trees. Chapel of Saint George.

Building of medieval origin, one of the few in Europe that still has the same use as the seat of the government of the Generalitat.

It was acquired in the year 1400

In the course of the 16th century, it was expanded and remodeled, giving new spaces such as the first Patio de los Naranjos. The first planting of orange trees was carried out in 1534. Other emblematic buildings in the city have their orange tree patio.

The figure of Sant Jordi (Saint George), patron saint of Catalonia, is present throughout the building; the sculpture on the façade, the hall, the dome and the chapel of Saint George.

The Hall of Saint George dates from the 16th century and is the work of the architect Pera Blai (1553-1620). We can see the dome perfectly if we stand in the center of Plaça Sant Jaume.

If you look up once you have passed the Pont del Bisbe (Bishop’s Bridge), you will see a large number of gargoyles, the work of the sculptors Bernat Soler and Pau Torner

Four Doric columns from the 2nd century were incorporated into the façade of the building, and in the center there is a sculpture of Sant Jorge killing the dragon (1860), it is the work of Andreu Aleu.

Speaking of Saint George, if you are in Barcelona on April 23 “San Jordi”, you will enjoy and feel attracted to a popular festival full of magnetism and emotions… the day of the rose and the book.


Plaça de Sant Jaume, 4, 08002 Barcelona

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