Palau del Baró de Quadras
From Monday to Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Fridays from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Tel.: 934 678 000
Timetables may vary.
Built in 1904, it is now the premises of the Institut Ramon Llull, a public body founded with the purpose of promoting Catalan language studies at universities abroad, and Catalan cultural production. The mansion is a veritable compendium of Puig i Cadafalch’s capacity for design and elegance. Everything is exemplary: from the wrought iron door to the interior, with a highly ornamented foyer. One of the curiosities is the building’s double façade. The façade giving onto Avinguda Diagonal emphasises the noble nature of the mansion, and combines Gothic and Plateresque forms with an abundant floral decoration. The rear façade (giving onto Carrer Rosselló) reveals that the building was in origin not a palace, but a simple block of flats. The Arabic-style interior contains Roman mosaics, polychrome woodwork, sgraffito work and wooden lattices.