The Montcada street is one of the most singular streets in the Born Quarter. The medieval palaces that line both sides for most of its length, with their imposing stone façades and porticoed courtyards, give it an unmistakable character of its own.
For exemple the Palau Berenguer de Aguilar, Palau
Mauri, Palau Meca and Palau Barón de
Castellet which now are the house of the Picasso Museum, having
found a home with a unique historic and artistic heritage.
This street was outside the medieval Roman wall, and connected one of the gates of the wall with the nucleus of Vilanova de Mar.
In the twelfth century it became the main and widest access road to the Born Quarter. In the beginning of the street as like in the ends, we can see that it has a small widening: this was to allow that the processions of Corpus could accede to that place and to turn.
The decay of the street began with the construction of the Eixample District: there all the bourgeois families who had their palaces in this street moved away.
Following the Picasso Museum example, other museums (like World Cultures Museum or the Gaspar Fundation) and art galleries have come to occupy spaces and buildings on the street, making it an exceptional nucleus of culture.
But it’s not only culture that has found a place on carrer Montcada.
Many shops are open in this historical buildings, testimony of the commercial importance that this quarter has had for hundreds of years.