Placa St Jaume Barcelona – Square

Placa St Jaume Barcelona, Photo, Spanish Architecture, Picture, Location

Plaça Sant Jaume, Barcelona

Catalan Square Design – Public Realm in Spain : Spanish Urban Landscape

Place of St Jaume

Plaça Sant Jaume

Barri Gotic, Ciutat Vella, Barcelona

Plaça Sant Jaume
photo © Adrian Welch

with Palau de Generalitat, 1596, in background

Image of Plaza Sant Jaume available: photos 1280×1024 pixels, 72dpi

The Square takes its modern name from the church of Church of Sant Jaume, which had been located at the site of the square since medieval times. Formerly, the city council of Barcelona met in the porch at the front of that church, until it bought a number of nearby homes that would house the future headquarters of the institution on the neighboring street.

The old church was demolished in 1823 when Ferran Street was being built; its demolition also allowed for the Square to be rebuilt as it exists today. Note that prior to these demolitions, the square was limited to a small angular space, with the rest of the future plaza being occupied by the same church, its cemetery, and the houses of the Magistracy and the General Court of the Veguer.

Barcelona building near Placa St Jaume

Barcelona Cathedral
Barri Gotic, Ciutat Vella, Barcelona
1448

Barcelona Cathedral
photo © Adrian Welch

Location:Placa Sant Jaume, Ciutat Vella, Barcelona, Spain