Façade of the Royal Academy of Medicine of Catalonia

Visiting the Royal Academy of Medicine of Catalonia

It is one of the most important buildings of Barcelona's neoclassical architecture, and one of its highlights is the 17th century anatomical amphitheatre. 

Every Saturday at dusk, the headquarters of the Real Academia de Medicina de Cataluña opens its doors to anyone who wants to get to know its rooms and spaces through a guided tour, organised by the company Sternalia. It is one of the most important neoclassical buildings in the city of Barcelona, being especially remarkable its anatomical amphitheatre, designed by Ventura Rodríguez and intended for the training of surgeons. It is covered by a spherical dome, the tiers are made of stone, and it has elaborate stained-glass windows and ornamental details in the Baroque style. Visits begin at 7:30 pm, and in addition to learning about the history and architectural elements of the building, it also includes an illusionism show and a mentalism show, as well as a glass of cava.

The headquarters of the Royal Academy of Medicine of Catalonia is at number 47, Carrer del Carme, where the Royal College of Surgery of Barcelona (1760 - 1843) and later the Faculty of Medical Sciences (1843 - 1906) were located. A space, as can be seen, that has always been linked to medicine and health. The Royal Academy has been there since 1929, when it opened with a solemn ceremony presided over by King Alfonso XIII. It is here that personalities such as Pere Virgili, the great reformer of teaching in the 18th century, Antoni de Gimbernat, an anatomist of European prestige in his time, and Santiago Ramon y Cajal, professor in Barcelona from 1887 to 1892, who carried out his basic work on the doctrine of the neuron here, have carried out their teaching work.

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Publication date: Thursday, 19 January 2023
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