From la Boqueria to Palau Reial Major - 9 minutes walk
• Exiting la Boqueria turn right and walk about 100 m on the left side of la Rambla
• Turn left and walk down Carrer Boqueria
• Cross the road on Carrer Avinyo and enter Carrer Call to your left
• Walk straight through Carrer Call, Placa Sant Jaume, Carrer Llibreteria and Baixata Llibreteria
• Turn left onto Carrer Veguer and you’ll arrive at P laca del Rei after twenty meters
Placa del Rei (King's square) is surrounded by the buildings of Palau Reial Major (Grand Royal Palace) which consists of three main buildings. For a long time it was the royal residence of the counts of Barcelona and later the kings of Aragón.
The oldest of the three buildings, Palatine Chapel of St. Agatha, dates back to 1302 and served as a royal chapel. Today it is part of the History Museum of the City of Barcelona.
In the late 14th century Salón del Tinell was built and it has been the ceremonial hall of the counts and kings. Later it even served as the headquarters of the infamous Spanish inquisition. Nowadays the hall is hosting concerts, exhibitions and other cultural events.
Palau del Lloctinent is the most recent building in the complex and was added in 1557 as the quarters of the lieutenants. Until 1992 it was housing the archives of the Crown of Aragón but now it is closed.
Details about visiting the site:
• Saló del Tinell can be visited from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from Tuesday to Saturday also in the afternoon from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
• Palatine Chapel of St. Agatha can be visited from Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
• No admission required to either of the places
Why worth visiting:
• Royal buildings representing several different building styles of 5 centuries
• See the hall where great historical events took place such as greeting Columbus when he returned from his famous journey
• Absorb the historical atmosphere on the spot where the fate of Spain was decided during the renaissance era
Visiting Placa del Rei you will see the buildings that played a central role in ruling the country for centuries. Besides the gothic and renessaince architecture you can observe the royal glamour kings were living in and maybe even see a concert or exhibition.