Discover Barcelona City Council from the inside

Welcome to Barcelona City Council.

We’d like to invite you to discover the home of the Barcelona City Council, the Casa de la Ciutat [City Hall], which is a physical space and at the same time a symbol that has been preserved over the centuries, always located in the same building at the heart of the city. Discover its halls and historic spaces.

You can choose to visit either virtually or in person, with or without a guide.

These visits are free of charge.

Virtual guided tours, in their weekend and open-day formats, enable direct interaction with the guides accompanying participants throughout the tour, explaining the history of the rooms.

  • Description

    The tour will include the Saló de Cent, the Carles Pi i Sunyer or Plenary Hall, and the Saló de Cròniques.

    Visits will take place on Saturdays and Sundays.

    Times and languages

    • Catalan: at 10 am, 11.30 am and 1 pm
    • Spanish: at 10.15 am, 11.45 am and 1.15 pm

    Duration

    45 minutes

    Places

     Maximum number of people per visit: 20

    You can register from 15 days before the day of the tour.

    Once you’ve made your booking, you will receive an email with a link to the video conferencing application that you will have to access, together with the instructions you need to follow. Remember that you can cancel your request at any time.

  • Description

    On the following dates, additional spaces will also be open to the public: Santa Eulàlia (12 February), Sant Jordi (23 April) and Corpus Christi.

    These tours will take in the Saló de la Ciutat, the Saló de Carles III, the Despatx d’Honor d’Alcaldia, the Sala Consolat de Mar, the Black Staircase, the Saló de Cròniques, the Saló de Cent, the Saló de Plens, the Sala Tàpies, the Saló de Bon Govern, the Saló del Treball and the Official Mayor’s Office.

    Times and languages 

    • Catalan: at 10 am, 12 pm, 1 pm, 2 pm, 4 pm and 6 pm
    • Spanish: at 11 am, 3 pm and 5 pm

    Duration 

    60 minutes

    Places

    Maximum number of people per visit: 20

    You can register from 15 days before the day of the tour.

    Once you’ve made your booking, you will receive an email with a link to the video conferencing application that you will have to access, together with the instructions you need to follow. Remember that you can cancel your request at any time.

You can take a virtual 360° tour of the City Hall at any time, and enjoy it at your own pace.

  • Description

    Today, the Saló de Cent is a snapshot of a part of the institutional history of Barcelona’s municipal government. The way it looks now is the result of multiple changes over time.

    Constructed by master builder Pere Llobet in 1369, it is one of the best examples of civil Gothic architecture in Catalonia. It is characterised by diaphanous spaces and a flat ceiling, where sections of wooden beams alternate with stone arches. The name refers to the fact that this hall was the meeting place of the Consell de Cent established by King Jaume I, although in the 14th century only three sections of beams were in existence. In 1860, the Hall was enlarged by adding two sections identical to the original three.

    In 1914 there was a public competition for the decoration of the Hall of One Hundred. The winner was Enric Monserdà. On the side walls Monserdà placed some damask illustrating the history of the City embroidered in velvet, satin and gold with the coats of arms of the municipalities annexed to Barcelona which today constitute the districts within the city. The year when each was annexed can also be seen. The floor was redone with a representation of iconographic elements that identified the different city guilds that formed part of the Consell de Cent. The alabaster work-completed in 1924- that Monserdà designed for the front wall is a masterpiece that represents many of the historical moments of the City Hall.

    Today, the Saló de Cent is the place where the city’s most significant events are held, such as the presentation of medals of honour, the swearing-in of councillors, the celebration of civil weddings and commemorative events.

  • Description

    In 1860, a room was constructed next to the Saló de Cent, where the councillors could debate the most important aspects of municipal policy.

    The presidential table is surrounded by 50 wooden seats, split into two blocks, and there are two galleries, one for the public and the other for the press.

    This is where the Full Council holds its plenary sessions on the last Friday of each month (except August).

  • Description

    Designed by Josep M. Sert in 1929, the name refers to the 14th century chronicles written by Ramon Muntaner and Bernat Desclot about the expedition of the Catalan Company led by Roger de Flor to the East. The murals depict various episodes from the battles of the Almogavers in their fight against the Turks.

    It is currently used for press conferences, seminars and institutional events.

  • Description

    In this video, you can see how the institution has evolved since its beginnings back in the 13th century with the Consell de Cent [the Council of the One Hundred], until the City Council of today.

    The seat of Barcelona City Council, the Casa de la Ciutat, is home to many different styles, and has a great diversity of architectural features, room layouts and decorative elements. Each of them marks an important period of time or a significant event in the history of Barcelona and of Catalonia.

The in-person guided tour service at Barcelona City Council has been temporarily suspended, due to the current health situation.

However, you can still enjoy the experience by taking one of our virtual tours.

The in-person guided tour service at Barcelona City Council has been temporarily suspended, due to the current health situation.

However, you can still enjoy the experience by taking one of our virtual tours.

Recommendations for the visit

A good connection is essential. If you’re having trouble with your connection, try using mobile data.

A tablet with a touchscreen, a mobile phone or a computer with webcam and microphone.

If you use your mobile or tablet to access it, you will need to download the JITSI MEET application.

If you can’t see or hear anything, check you have given Jitsi permission to access the microphone and camera.

Access from the browser Chrome.

It is essential that you give your name and surname when you start the tour.

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