Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Barcelona: Ajuntament de Barcelona & Palau de la Generalitat

The 15th-century city hall, 
in the very center of the Gothic Quarter, in Plaça Sant Jaume, 
faces the Palau de la Generalitat, with its mid-18th-century neoclassical facade, 
across the square once occupied by the Roman Forum. 

The Ajuntament is a rich repository of sculpture and painting by the great Catalan masters, 
from Marès to Gargallo to Clarà, from Subirachs to Miró and Llimona. 
Inside is the famous Saló de Cent, from which the Consell de Cent, 
Europe's oldest democratic parliament, 
governed Barcelona between 1373 and 1714.

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