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Palau Montaner

Barcelona's 'Spanish Embassy'

Palau Montaner

The Palau Montaner, home of Lluis Domènech’s publisher brother, was begun in 1889 by Josep Domènech i Estapà in a sober eclectic style. However, it was finished with pizzazz by Lluís, who frosted the top floor with mosaics by Gaspar Homar and showered decoration on the grand stair, with a lovely stained glass skylight by Joan Rigalt and sculptures by Eusebi Arnau – if you’re wondering where the usual dragons are lurking, they’re at the bottom of the steps. The building is now the seat of the Delegació del Govern a Catalunya – Madrid’s representatives in the autonomous region (as some jokingly call it, the 'Spanish Embassy').

Nearby at No.283, the neo-Pompeiian Palau Cascades, with a rare façade inset on a xamfràn to allow for some palm trees in front, was designed in 1883 by Antoni Serra i Pujals. It now houses the local lawyers’ college.

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C/ de Mallorca 278

metro: Diagonal

Text © Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls

Images by: Amadalvarez, Creative Commons License