Happy Friday! Today’s post is a long one, but not to worry, we’ll be chillaxing, winding down from the week and getting ready for the weekend in the lush courtyard of a museum dedicated to Frederic Marès (1893-1991), a renowned Catalan Modernist sculptor and collector.
On Carrer dels Comtes, to the left of the Cathedral, is where the Museu Frederic Marès is found, behind the thick walls of the Royal Palace of the Counts of Barcelona, and visible only through barred windows. Its original Verger, or courtyard garden, still remains intact, and that’s where we are headed today. Ready?
As you descend the steps upon entering the grounds of the museum, you’ll be surprised by size of the courtyard, which is dotted with orange trees flanking a trickle fountain.
Along the perimeter walls of Carrer dels Comtes, a large open space under half moon arches leads to the entrance of the museum.
Standing in front of the entrance, allowing your gaze to wander upwards, you’ll be able to see the first floor gallery, with its very tall arches, and appreciate the simplicity of the style in which this palace was built. And at a 180º turn, looking towards an arched gallery opposite the entrance, appreciate the lushness of this courtyard.
The palace was built along the old Roman city wall, and flanking a small side space, where in the Summer months you can find a lovely terrace café, are two small Roman columns.
The neighbouring building, which is part of the MUHBA museum complex (well worthy of a visit too), has beautiful, high, buttressed walls.
As well as the orange trees that are now in fruit, there are many potted plants dotted around the courtyard, such as ficus, palms and these pretty flowering fronds (above).
There are several benches both in the courtyard and under the arches, that invite you to sit and contemplate, relax, read, or simply rest your feet.
Looking towards the corner, where you entered the museum grounds, you’ll be able to see one of the Cathedral’s towers and another arched gallery on the first floor.
A pretty, Gothic window with its typical slim columns has been beautifully boarded up to protect the treasures that can be found inside, and on one of the buttresses some vegetation is sprouting, adding a touch of green to the stone expanse of that wall.
The windows that surround and look out onto the courtyard offer interesting reflections and at times a simultaneaous view of what is outside and what is in…
… for in next door’s MUHBA one can visit Roman ruins (among other things) and these are visible from these windows.
When you’ve rested and relaxed sufficiently, one final glance at the lovely orange trees, and you’re ready to make your way to the exit…
… where the window we peered into when we arrived, now offers a barred view of Carrer dels Comtes.
Did this post inspire you to relax and unwind? I hope so. In any case, have a great weekend! I’ll be back on Monday with more Barcelona loveliness to share with you.