How much do you know about the history of Palau Dalmases?
Palau Dalmases is one of Barcelona’s best-hidden architectural treasures. A baroque palace that currently serves as the stage for cultural events but has a long history connected to important events in the city. Do you know the secrets of the Palau Dalmases?
1. The Palau Dalmases nowadays: stage for Flamenco shows and musical events
As you will know, at the palace you can enjoy theatre and musical shows, as well as events that promote arts and culture. Every day, the well-known flamenco show takes place at Palau Dalmases and on Wednesdays and Thursdays you can enjoy jazz and opera respectively, among other guest shows.
What makes the Palau Dalmases the perfect stage for shows?
The good acoustics and the charm of the place make it perfect for small format shows. It has a capacity for 50 people, so it moves away fromothe tourist traps, despite being in the historic centre of Barcelona, and offers an intimate and unique experience with the artists themselves. If you want to see with your own eyes a show in this dream-like place, you can buy your tickets for the flamenco show in Palau Dalmases right here.
2. Where does the name Palau Dalmases come from?
The name of this building comes from Pau Ignasi Dalmases i Ros, who was a noble and learned Catalan son of a wealthy merchant.
3. Discover the origins of the Palau Dalmases
The origin of this building can be traced back practically to the beginnings of the same urbanization in Montcada Street. The first known information dates back to the 14th century, when the block consisted of three Gothic houses and belonged to the Cathedral. Over the years, the house grew and passed into the hands of families of aristocrats.
From the 17th century onwards, the house was hit by bombardments during the siege of Barcelona and ended up in ruins. It was then sold to Pau Dalmases Castells i Ros in 1698, who rebuilt it with great artistic quality.
4. The architecture of Palau Dalmases: Between Gothic and Baroque
The building, as we have mentioned, is a stately home dating from the 17th century and was the wonderful result of the refurbishment of an earlier Gothic building. Therefore, along with the baroque style, you can still see Gothic elements such as the chapel (15th century) which has a star vault, and reliefs of angels surrounding the keystone, in which you can see an epiphany. The façade is also Catalan Gothic style.
On the other hand, you can see a beautiful staircase with Solomonic columns in a really charming baroque courtyard. In this same courtyard , you can finde oneof the most interesting works of Catalan Baroque: it is a sculpted frieze of the rapture of Europe and Neptune’s chariot. In addition to the churches, stately palaces like this one are the second form of Baroque architecture present in Barcelona, as this architectural movement arrived very late due to the war.
The palace was bombed and burned down over the years, and has been refurbished and enlarged on several occasions. The famous architect Lluis Doménech i Muntaner, architect of the Palau de la Música Catalana, also worked in the palace.
5. Do you know the relationship between Palau Dalmases and politics?
Pau Ignasi Dalmases was a man committed to his time: he was appointed knight of Charles II, Marquis of Villalonga and ambassador to England during the War of Succession. In 1700, in Palau Dalmases, he founded and brought together the Academia de los Desconfiados (Academy of the Distrustful), a group of noble and ecclesiastical scholars who wanted to promote knowledge of Catalan history, language and poetry. Most of them were supporters of Archduke Charles, and some of their members were jailed on conspiracy charges against Philip V.
Did you know all this about the history of Palau Dalmases? In addition to the ideal setting to enjoy good music and theatre, it is a place full of history and curiosities that are worth discovering.