Monday, March 15, 2010

Palau de la Generalitat, Barcelona

Five years ago my wife and I visited Barcelona and several other cities in the area.  It was a feast of Catalan food, art and architecture.  This week I will be showing several places that we visited during this memorable trip.  We were treated to a special tour of the Palau de la Generalitat (Palace of the Provincial Government) which was constructed between the 15th and mid-17th Centuries and represents the physical manifestation of democracy in Catalunya after the death of Francisco Franco and the 1977 Spanish General Election. The interior of the Palace is constructed in the Gothic Style - a contrast to the Neoclassical exterior.

A close-up of Saint George killing the dragon in the courtyard.  Notice the gargoyles on the building.

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