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THE CATALAN HERITAGE HOUSE


The Palau Moja is a unique space located in the heart of Barcelona with an attractive storytelling where the history, heritage and the territory of Catalonia interrelate for becoming attractive to visitors. In an original way, the place integrates the different resources and attractions of the territory – monuments, historical accounts, characters, crafts, food, natural areas, among many others – to transmit the power and uniqueness of Catalonia.

Furthermore, in the Palau Moja technology plays a key role. Visitors can browse the history of Catalan heritage through tablets and touch screens where you can find information ranging from our origins to the contemporary. In this way visitors will discover unknown corners that now will want to visit. Therefore, in the Palau we have a Tourist Information Office where you can get information and book a visit to those places that you will want to go to, either the great icons of Catalonia of specific interest sites.

Not only that, if the visitor wants to buy proximity products related to different periods of the history of Catalonia he or she may do so in the shop of the Palau, where you can find a wide range of products of all kinds related to crafts, history, food and wine, books, etc. related to Catalan culture.

There is even a gastronomic space where, in a relaxed atmosphere, you can taste dishes linked to Catalan cuisine with organic ingredients and Km 0 from the different appellations of origin in the country.

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EL PALAU MOJA


The Catalan Heritage House is located in the basement of a unique building full of history. Built by the Marquis of Moja and his wife, Maria Luisa de Copons, upon the medieval remains of the tower and walls of the Portaferrissa, was designed by the architect Josep Mas, the same that designed the Mercè market, Sant Vicenç de Sarrià and the extension of the Episcopal Palace of Barcelona.
Works started in 1774, and after ten years the palace was inaugurated with the celebration of the wedding of the heiress of the Marquises of Moja, the structure and the facade almost completed. Later, in September 1791, they paintings of Francesc Pla -the Vigatà- in the great hall, and the banisters in the lobby by painter Pere Pau Montanya were presented.
Josep Sariera and Copons, the last member of Moja y Cartellá, died childless in 1865.

His executors rented the Palace to Fomento del Trabajo Nacional, which fostered from there the campaign in favor of protectionism in 1869.
A few years later, Antonio López y López, first Marquis de Comillas, acquired the Palace, undertook major renovation and decoration works and went to live there in 1875.
Alfonso XII, when entering Spain during the Restoration, slept in the Blue Room of the house and was also host St. John Bosco in April 1886. Father Jacint Verdaguer, with the position of Chaplain of the Marquis de Comillas, said mass in the Palace and lived there from 1876 to 1891.
Entrenched with the Lopez family, the Güell family, the second count of Güell Mayor of Barcelona, and his heirs were lords of this house. In his first visit to Barcelona, Emeritus King Juan Carlos I, then Prince, lived there for a few weeks.
In 1971 a fire occurred and the building was severely damaged. It remained abandoned for eleven years, and lost part of what was kept as well as the condition of residence.

Acquired by the Generalitat of Catalonia, in 1982, a new immediate restoration opened a new period, and the building became the headquarters of the General Directorate of Cultural Heritage Department of Culture.
The Palace was built in the later Baroque period, influenced by new aesthetic French trends related to return to classicism and sobriety of lines. Inside the building, it is worth to mention the Great Hall and the chapel, decorated with paintings by Francesc Pla. Peter Paul Mountain painted the balustrades of six halls of the Palace.
By its historical and artistic value the Palace has been declared National Cultural Heritage Asset.

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