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Palau Aguilar Montcada, 15

The original house dates from the 13th century, with major renovations being undertaken between the 15th and 18th centuries.

During the 13th and 14th centuries, the palace belonged to several noble families from the court of Aragón. It was bought by the Coromines-Desplà in 1386, members of the Barcelona haute-bourgeoisie who, in 1400, sold it to the merchant Berenguer d’Aguilar.

Successive generations of the Aguilar family refurbished the property, leaving traces of very diverse styles. The palace passed to the Clerch and Pons families in 1837 and finally, on November 3rd 1953, Barcelona City Council bought it, carrying out extensive restoration work due to the building’s terrible state-of-repair.

The central courtyard with the open-air stairway, pointed arch gallery and flamboyant Gothic sculptures dates from the 15th century. There are coffered ceilings on the first floor.

The remains of a large late 13th century fresco are conserved, evoking the conquest of Majorca by Jaume I in 1229. The mural was uncovered during restoration work in the ‘60s, on removing the wall coverings in one of the galleries and was moved to the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya,  where it is housed today.