In the heart of Barcelona, in the Sant Jaume Square, just infront
of the City Hall, is the Palau de la Generalitat, seat of the
Presidency of the Generalitat of Catalonia.
Its construction began in 1410 and was completed in 1619 and is one of the few buildings of medieval origin in Europe, contains, behind its neoclassical façade, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque elements.
In addition to highlighting its architectural styles, it is worth mentioning the existence of the four granite columns of the facade. One of them is 1900
years old and comes from the ancient region of Troy (present-day Turkey).
The President of the Generalitat meets in the Palau with its “Consellers”, receives politicians and businessmen and also press conferences and official statements are made. The rooms and places that you should not miss are: The Patio de los Naranjos, its construction dates from the middle of the XVI century; the Gothic Cloister and the Hall of Sant Jordi or Main Hall.
Free guided tours are offered during the mornings of the second and fourth weekends of each month. To participate you must make a previous reservation through the website of the Generalitat of Catalonia. It is also possible to visit it in certain dates like the Diada de Sant Jordi and the day of Mercè.