Many of our readers have told us Plaça del Rei is one of his favorite places in Barcelona, and it is not surprising because it is a really wonderful place! 🙂
The Plaza del Rey invites you to sit and relax while watching the majesty of this place, especially the Chapel of St. Agatha and Saló del Tinell.
The Chapel of St. Agatha of Barcelona, also called Capilla Real, is a building of Gothic architecture the year 1302 and is built on a Roman wall. Next to Salo Tinell, adjacent to the Chapel of St. Agatha building, both part of the History Museum of Barcelona.
It was King James II of Aragon who commissioned the construction of the chapel of Saint Agatha. Construction continued during the reign of Peter IV of Aragon who commanded that the Queens Chapel in the transept of the church; by King Martin the Humane chapel that served baptistery, at the foot of the ship was made.
It is curious because this place was not always dedicated to Saint Agatha. In the beginning was dedicated to St. Mary, until 1601, which was when the building kept inside the relics of St. Agatha, and for this reason it received a Papal Bull of advocation for change.
The Chapel of St. Agatha can be visited from Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 19pm. 7 €. There are specific occasions, such as Open House Barcelona , which can be visited free of charge.
Beyond visited inside, I recommend going to the King’s Square and view the majestic Chapel of St. Agatha at nightfall. No doubt you will obtain views and amazing photographs.
While in the area, do not forget to take a stroll around the Plaça Sant Jaume, home to the City Council and the Government, or wander through the nearby streets of La Ribera and El Born, where in addition to seeing a very typical part of Barcelona will be able to get close to Santa Maria del Mar or exploit for tapas in one of the trendiest neighborhoods .