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Palau Meca Montcada, 19

A palace from the 13th-14th centuries that was heavily renovated in the 18th like the other palaces on the street. It is set around a central courtyard in the mediaeval style with preserved coffered polychrome mediaeval ceilings and 19th century decorative ceilings on the main floor.

The oldest known documentation shows that the palace was owned by Jaume Caveller – head councillor at Barcelona City Council – in 1349. His daughter Felipona married the politician Ramon Desplà and their son, Ramon Desplà i Cavaller, made the Desplà Palace the most important building of the entire block of houses.

It passed into the hands of the Cassadors or Caçadors and their heirs in the 16th century, the Marquises of Ciudadella, the first of whom was Josep Meca i Caçador who gave his name to the palace. His widow sold the house to the merchant Segimon Milans in 1719. The Milans family orchestrated the major renovation of the building which had been largely destroyed by the 1714 bombardment.

It passed to the Sisters of Christian Doctrine with the Santa Madrona friendly society being set up in 1901, later becoming part of a banking institution’s benevolent fund. The latter and Barcelona City Council signed a transfer agreement for the palace on 5th December 1977 and, thanks to this agreement, the renovation and extension project at the Picasso Museum was begun in 1981, opening to the public officially on 11th January 1982. The renovation served to connect the Meca Palace to the Aguilar and Baró de Castellet palaces.