Just crossing the two towers of the Roman wall heading down
into the Gothic Quarter you can find the Ardiaca's House.
This building was occupied during the twelfth century by the hierarchy of the Archdeacons. Since then it has continually changed ownership and suffered constant reforms that gave it a look of a Mansion, a Gothic structure with a beautiful courtyard that suggests affiliation with the Roman wall.
The inner courtyard has more a Renaissance character, the balcony reminds us of the dramatic Romeo and Juliet scene, and reveals
the beautiful gallery that surrounds the central source. The large patio with many palm trees makes this a little oasis away from
the constant buzz of locals and tourists who invade the surrounding streets.
The palace was occupied for several years by the professional association of lawyers, and it was them who commissioned the famous modernist architect Lluís Domčnech i Montaner to design a mailbox. Although it seems just a simple element, it is loaded with symbolism: the three swallows secure the freedom of justice, while bureaucratic procedures -symbolized by the turtle- represent the difficulties that delayed everything.
The courtyard, or rather the fountain, provides a special show during the Corpus Christi: the “ou com balla” which in English means dancing egg. It’s an egg that is placed on top of a fountain and stays there moving.