Plaça Sant Jaume in Barcelona – Attraction
Capella de Sant Jordi: 2nd and last Sun of each month, Apr 25, and Sept 24 10:30am-1:30pm. Casa de la Ciutat: Sun 11am-3:30pm
Metro: Jaume I or Liceu
Capella de Sant Jordi: 93-402-46-17, Casa de la Ciutat: 93-402-70-00
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The Plaça Sant Jaume is the political nerve center of Barcelona. Separated by a wide expanse of polished flagstones, the Casa de la Ciutat, home to the ajuntament (town hall), faces the Palau de la Generalitat, seat of Catalonia’s autonomous government. The square itself frequently acts as a stage for protest gatherings, rowdy celebrations (such as when a local team wins a sporting event), and local traditions like the spectacular celebratory castellers (human towers) between mid-August and the end of October.
The buildings themselves are only infrequently open to the public, but if they are open when you are there, they are well worth visiting, especially the Palau de la Generalitat. Although the governing body of Catalonia has its origins in 1283 under the reign of Pere II, it wasn’t until the 15th century that it was given a permanent home. The nucleus spreads out from the Pati de Tarongers (Courtyard of Orange Trees), an elegant interior patio with pink Renaissance columns topped with gargoyles of historical Catalan folkloric figures.
Another highlight is the Capella de Sant Jordi (Chapel of St. George), which is resplendent with furnishings and objects depicting the legend of Catalonia’s patron saint, whose image is a recurring theme throughout the Generalitat. The walls of the Gilded Hall are covered with 17th-century Flemish tapestries.
Across the square is the late-14th-century Casa de la Ciutat, corridor of power of the ajuntament. Behind its neoclassical facade is a prime example of Gothic civil architecture in the Catalan Mediterranean style. The building has a splendid courtyard and staircase. Its major architectural highlights are the 15th-century Salón de Ciento (Room of the 100 Jurors), with gigantic arches supporting a beamed ceiling, and the black-marble Salón de las Crónicas (Room of the Chronicles). The murals here were painted in 1928 by Josep María Sert, the Catalan artist who went on to decorate the Rockefeller Center in New York.
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Plaza San Jaime – Barcelona – Spain
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Saint James Square is one of the main squares in Barcelona. Here is the town hall and the seat of the Catalan government, the Generalitat. The area is surrounded by buildings from different eras. There are also many restaurants and cafes here. It is a place of political rallies and demonstrations.
The square got its name from the church of St. James, which was located until 19century. After its demolition, a real urban space was created. Medieval tenement houses that were used by the city council received a neoclassical main façade. The side facade is still made in the Gothic style. The boardroom is also a good example of this style.
The square was the intersection of the main streets of the city in antiquity. At that time there was a temple of Augustus. Nowadays, in addition to the town hall, the most important building of the square is the Renaissance building of the Catalan authorities. Around the square are mostly tenement houses of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. In the square you can often see the people of Barcelona dancing the national dance sardana.
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The area is located in Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter.
In the Middle Ages, the cathedral of St. James was located here from , then the cathedral was destroyed, moved and rebuilt, but despite all the changes, the name of the square remained the same.
Today, the square houses several administrative buildings, including City Hall and the Government of Catalonia , as well as many souvenir shops and cafes. Usually it is where fairs and festive events take place , and if protest moods seize Barcelona, then the crowd comes to express them first of all here, closer to the city administration.
Interestingly, despite the fact that the square is located in the Gothic Quarter, most of the buildings are built in the style of classicism and renaissance. For example, the City Hall was built of light stone and decorated with arches and columns, and the architecture of other buildings is rather restrained and differs markedly from the majestic Gothic style.
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Friendly Rentals Bisbe
Located in Barcelona’s popular Born district, Friendly Rentals Bisbe offers modern apartments with free Wi-Fi. The Rambla is a 5-minute walk away. .
Lux Apartments Barcelona
≈ 204 $
Located next to Sant Jaume Square, Lux Barcelona Apartment is 100 meters from Barcelona Cathedral and 400 meters from the Ramblas. Guests enjoy free high-speed Wi-Fi. .
Stay Barcelona Gotico Apartments
Stay Barcelona Gotico is a stylish apartment located in Barcelona’s historic Old Town. Free Wi-Fi is available. All apartments are located a 5-minute walk from the Ramblas and Liceu Metro Station. .
64 … 199 $
Just off Barcelona’s famous Ramblas, this elegant hotel is housed in the historic building where painter Joan Miro was born. Hotel Rialto has air-conditioned rooms with a flat-screen TV. .
Gran Hotel Barcino
69 . .. 363 $
Surrounded by the stunning streets of the Gothic Quarter, this elegant hotel is located in Barcelona’s historic centre, within walking distance of the Cathedral and the Ramblas. .
Hotel Annex – Rey Don Jaime I
≈ 55 $
Hotel Annex is located in the heart of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter, a 3-minute walk from Liceu Metro Station. Free Wi-Fi is provided throughout the hotel. .
AinB Gothic-Jaume I Apartments
79 . .. 88 $
These modern, air-conditioned apartments are located in Barcelona’s central Gothic Quarter, just 200 meters from Barcelona Cathedral. It offers free Wi-Fi and a private balcony. .
Hotel Jaume I
45 … 132 $
Hotel Jaume I offers simple and bright rooms with free Wi-Fi and a fan. Barcelona Cathedral is 100 meters away and Las Ramblas is a 5-minute walk from the hotel. .
Habitat Apartments Cathedral
≈ 173 $
Habitat Cathedral is located in Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter, 200 meters from Saint James Square and Barcelona Cathedral. It offers air conditioning and a furnished terrace with city views. .
Plaza Catalunya apartments
≈ 114 $
Featuring a balcony, AINB Plaza Catalunya is located in Barcelona, 100 meters from Jaume I Metro Station. It offers one-bedroom apartments with air conditioning and free WiFi. The apartments are decorated in a modern style with parquet floors. .
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