Artful palace

13 Dec
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Palau Mojà

At one end of Carrer Portaferrissa (the end closest to La Rambla) you can find a former palace that is well worth a visit.  It is Palau Moja, built in the 18th century, and witness to many fabulous dances in its heyday, it is now a place where interesting exhibits are held (free access!) on its ground floor…

For that is the only floor that is accessible to us mortals, although at times the upper floors are opened for all to see. Nevertheless, what’s visible on the ground floor is worth checking out, so I recommend you take a couple of minutes to have a look.

copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

The doorway

The entrance to the palace is on Carrer Portaferrissa number 1, which may seem odd, for the main façade faces La Rambla. But when the palace was built, what is now a tree lined avenue was a rather putrid rivulet, and so it is logical that Palau Moja would be entered around the corner.

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Inside door

Once you enter the massive wooden doors of the entrance (which are open most days), you will find yourself in a courtyard that has several interesting sights to offer: to start with, a beautifully carved wooden door (above and below).

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Carving

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Statue + baths

Followed by a beautiful marble bust and two bathtubs in the same material (and filled with palms),  which stand along one of the courtyard’s walls, and if you look up, you’ll be able to see a reflective window on the 1st floor…

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Reflected

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Patio view

… as well as appreciate the neoclassical style in which the palace was built. A grand staircase (below – sorry for the poor quality) at the entrance leads to the upper parts of the Palau Moja and was also made of marble. A life size, painted dog looks at you from the back wall, as if daring you to ascend. Fair enough! Access is not permitted unless the palace holds and open doors session. Hopefully I can see more of it soon, for it is said to be quite impressive. When I do, I will share what I see with you. Watch this space!

copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Stairway

2 Responses to “Artful palace”

  1. brandeye December 19, 2011 at 4:00 pm #

    Gorgeous. I’ll add this place to my list of places to visit. I’m leaving in a week and am soaking up everything in your blog. Many thanks for all of the great information!

    • Lisette van de Graaf December 19, 2011 at 5:37 pm #

      Thanks for your lovely comments – I’m delighted that you find my blog helpful, and hope you’ll continue to enjoy it even after you’ve visited!

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