Walking Tour #8: Plaça del Rei

Right in the heart of Barcelona's old town adjacent to the cathedral you'll find the fascinating Museu d'Història de Barcelona

In this one compact space is a unique site that encompasses more than 17 centuries of civilization in Barcelona:

  *  ruins of the old Roman city of Barcino from the 1st century BC to the 3rd century AD;

  *  remnants of political and ecclesiastical buildings from the Visigoth era (300-700 AD);

  *  medieval spaces, including the Chapel of Santa Àgata, begun in 1302; and

  *  the steps up which Christopher Columbus strode to report the discovery of the New World to "los Reyes Catolicos," Fernando of Aragon and Isabel of Castilla.

The Barcino excavations are accessed via an elaborate underground network of suspended glass walkways that float over and alongside an impressive villa with gorgeous tile work and ancient workshops devoted to the important activities of laundry and dyeing, fish salting, and wine making.

From Bailèn 41, walk to the Palau de la Música Catalana (see Walking Tour #3), cross Via Laietana, then veer toward "Plaza de la Seu," located in  front of the Catedral de la Santa Creu i Santa Eulalia. 

Head up the incline to the left of the cathedral and then turn left into the "Viceroy's Palace," also known as the "Archives of the Crown of Aragon."

Total walking time: approximately 20 minutes . . . unless, of course, you stop to ooh and ahh!