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Social Programme

Excursion & Dinner

Wednesday, September 13

Both services are covered by the registration fee, even though it is necessary to book the place during the registration process.

18:00h EXCURSION

The visit is a journey of 2,000 years of history.

It starts in Casa Casa Padellàs (main entrance of the Museu d’Història de Barcelona – MUHBA. Address: calle dels Veguers, Barcelona)

The location of the Museu d‘Història de Barcelona, was originally built in the 14th century and subsequently refurbished in the 15th and 16th centuries. It was moved from Carrer Mercaders to Plaça del Rei during the 1930s. When the foundations of the building were being laid,  archaeological remains from Barcelona’s ancient Roman colony were discovered.

Plaça del Rei was the initial nucleus of the MUHBA, and first opened to the public in 1943. The remains within it range from items from Roman Barcino of the 1st century BC to the Barcelona of the 13th century A.D., in the early Middle Ages. Visitors to this underground area can walk along the streets of Roman Barcelona, past the city wall; they can look around a laundry from the 2nd century A.D. and see the remains of the city’s firts Christian community, as well as other spaces. This site also features some important mediaeval buildings, such as Palau Reial, the Chapel of Santa Àgata and Saló del Tinell, in addition to the Gothic mansion of Casa Padellàs, originally located in another part of the city. The latter building is now used for temporary exhibitions on modern and contemporary Barcelona.

A visit to the Monumental Site of Plaça del Rei involves a journey throught an area stretching over 4,000 m2, much of which is located underground, beneath the actual square. In addition to revealing Roman Barcelona’s urban structure, the remains also allow the visitor to take a close look at the commercial life of the city, some of its craft production centers, and the everyday life of Barcelona’s first Christian communty.

As well as the underground area, MUHBA Plaça del Rei includes the buildings that make the old Palau Comtal, later renamed Palau Reial. They are fascinating examples of Romanesque and Gothic architecture, and they were also important sites for the expansion of Barcelona in mediaeval times.

20:00h DINNER

The dinner will take place in the restaurant “Citrus”(address: Passeig de Gràcia, 44 - Barcelona)