Beautiful and amazing architecture is abundant in Barcelona and each amazing building has its own story to tell as well as its own place in Barcelona’s history. While some of the most recognizable works date back to the Gothic period or are Modernist marvels, there are lesser-known gems that are waiting to be discovered like the Casa de la Seda, located right in the heart of Barcelona. This fascinating site should be at the top of your list of new places to discover in the Ciudad Condal.
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History of the silk guild
Casa de la Seda was established more than 300 years ago in the 18th century, but its history goes back much further than that. Back in medieval Barcelona, guilds were created for workers of different trades, and normally they had a house as their headquarters. While the silk guild was around back then, they didn’t have their own house until the creation of Casa de la Seda in the 18th century. From then on it became known as the Silk Sailmakers Guild and a place for workers to share ideas and gather together.
Address: Carrer de Sant Pere Més Alt, 1
The house has more than 300 years of history to share with its visitors, in addition to its amazing architecture and design. Located right on the corner of Via Laietana, Casa de la Seda can be found right next to another architectural masterpiece, Palau de la Musica Catalana. However, the two buildings are quite distinct. Casa de la Seda is Baroque in style, featuring sgraffito decorations on the outer facade. From the outside, you can notice the beautiful etchings on the walls. On the inside of the house, you will be delighted to find that the walls are lined with actual silk, to pay tribute to Casa de la Seda‘s beginnings. Take in the intricate carvings and woodwork as well, in addition to the luxurious furniture and decoration. You will be transported to a different era the moment that you step inside.
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Visit Casa de la Seda
This is the only guild house in Barcelona that is open to the public, so this is a truly unique experience. There are guided tours every Saturday which cost €10 (student discounts are available). The tours are given in English and Catalan depending on the time and are given in small groups. You can also arrange to have a private group tour as well.You will have a guide explain the history of the house to you and show you all of the important features, in a tour that lasts about 45 minutes. You will see the library which features documents from the 16th century as well as the guild room and the presidential office. Visit Casa de la Seda and discover a relatively unknown part of Barcelona’s amazing history.
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