Located in the heart of the Barcelona’s Barri Gòtic opposite the cathedral, Casa de l’Ardiaca is a 16th century gothic palace with renaissance motifs. Originally built in the 12th century as a residence for the ecclesiastical hierarchy of archdeacons, the house has undergone many modifications, although remains from the Roman wall are still visible inside.
The façade is renaissance and the interior hides a beautiful portico patio. Highlights include the modernist letterbox made in 1902 by Doménech i Montaner, located on the building’s façade, commissioned by the Bar Association, which settled into the building at the end of the 19th century. The swallows symbolically ensure freedom and justice, while the turtle represents the bureaucratic procedures that slow everything down. It is currently the headquarters of the City of Barcelona’s Historical Archives.
Santa Llúcia, 1.
933 181 195.
Metro: (L4) Jaume I.
Bus: 17, 19, 40 and 45.
Bus Turístic: Barri Gòtic.
Openning Hours: From July 2nd to August 31st, from Monday to Friday, from 9:00 to 19:30h.