This building that belonged to the family Requesens, one of the most important Catalan royalty, is the largest residential building in the medieval part of Barcelona. It is located just in front of the oldest Church of Barcelona: the Sant Just I Pastor Basilica in the Gothic Quarter. The Count of Palamos was the patriarch of the Requesens family, hence the other name for which we know this building.
It was built in the thirteenth century and took two of the towers of the Roman
wall as basis of its construction. Like most great palaces of this period, the building is built around a large courtyard with a staircase leading to the upper levels.
The building that we see today is a sum of successive reforms over the years and several styles mixed together.
Since 1917 the Reial Acadèmia de Bones Lletres de Barcelona (Royal academy of Catalan language) ocupies this building. They also organize medieval dinners or a night tour through the Gothic Quarter, although not free. It’s worth your time to look into the courtyard and see the staircase and the tunnel with arches of the top floor. Don’t miss the big Roman tower of the Roman wall!