Palau Macaya

The unique Palau Macaya building is now open to visitors

Located at Passeig de Sant Joan, it is an outstanding work by the modernist architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch.

To visit a building designed by Josep Puig i Cadafalch is always a good idea. However, for those who like round figures, know that 2021 marks Palau Macaya's 120th anniversary… It might be just the right time to go and discover, or rediscover, the place. Cases Singulars is making it easy this summer: there will be guided tours on Mondays, 5 and 19 July; 2, 16 and 30 August, and 13 and 20 September. Visits in Spanish will start at 5.30 pm; visits in Catalan, at 5.30 pm.

The Palace, also known as Casa Macaya, has a semi-basement, a ground level, two floors and an attic. In many ways, it resembles Casa Amatller, also a modernist building by Puig i Cadafalch, located at Barcelona’s famous Passeig de Gràcia. At first glance, one of Casa Macaya’s most striking features is the set of towers on either side of the façade, adorned with white stucco and stone sculptures attributed to Eusebi Arnau, sgraffito by Joan Paradís and wrought iron by Manuel Ballarín. The heavily ornamented interior will grab your attention as soon as you step foot in the lobby or make your way through the staircase leading from the inner courtyard. It is no wonder that the Palau Macaya became a Cultural Good of National Interest in 1976. The name of the building comes from the bourgeois businessman Romà Macaya i Gibert, who bought the lot and commissioned Puig i Cadafalch to construct the building as a family home.

For further information about the guided tours, click here.

Publication date: Wednesday, 30 June 2021
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