A Neoclassical palace with a raised garden
A Neoclassical palace with a distinguished courtyard and a raised garden. If you follow the Carrer de la Portaferrissa shopping street to its end, you will reach Carrer dels Boters, which is home to a number of interesting buildings, including Palau Castanyer.
Why visit Palau Castanyer?
Palau Castanyer is on Carrer dels Boters, in the Gothic Quarter, a narrow street named after the Guild of Coopers. This building, which stands out due to its 19th-century Neoclassical facade, was the headquarters of the early 20th-century Catalan bourgeois political party, the Rationalist League.
It is a stone building with bossage on the ground floor and individual balconies on the first floor crowned with triangular pediments with a smooth tympanum. Its rectangular doors lead to an interior courtyard, which you can visit by entering the shop that now occupies it. This courtyard also used to have a staircase up to the piano nobile. At the end of this first floor there is an elegant patio on whose tiled floor there is a raised garden and a pumice fountain.
How do you get to Palau Castanyer?
You can reach Carrer dels Boters and Palau Castanyer from the Barri Gòtic stop on the Red Route of Barcelona Bus Turístic or from Plaça de Catalunya, the start and end of both the Red Route and the Blue Route of Barcelona Bus Turístic.
For the most curious of you
- Did you know? The patron saint of the Guild of Coopers was Saint Eulalia, because legend had it that in one of the thirteen tortures she suffered she was forced into a barrel full of nails and broken glass.
- Local’s tip: Palau Castanyer and the building next to it, Casa Cornet or Palau Castell de Pons, are two fine examples of early 19th-century architecture.
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