Plaça Sant Jaume
Plaça Sant Jaume
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Neighbourhood: Barrio Gòtico (Barri Gòtic)
With its iconic, old-Europe streets and alleys, this picturesque neighbourhood is the very heart of Barcelona. It blends historic artifacts from its days under Roman dominion up through the Spanish Civil War with a vibrant modern-day culture of artisan shops and authentic culinary experiences. Avid explorers will be thrilled to discover quaint terraces and plazas brought to life by the many small bars and local musicians lasting late into the night. Fashionistas will be drawn to Portal de L’Angel, which is lined with well-known brand names and smaller boutique stands.
How to get there
  • Jaume I • 3 min walk
  • Liceu • 5 min walk
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  • Thomas V
    Oakland, California16,063 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Crossroads and the Metro
    It's a practical crossroads. We arrive on the Metro and emerged into lots of cross streets and lots of traffic, plus some construction. This is a good launching spot for the Born or Barri Gothic. Narrow streets full of food options on all sides. Busy and noisy.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 October 2023
  • Vadim
    Murmansk, Russia33,471 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A place that keeps the government awake in Madrid.
    It is logical to start exploring the old city of Barcelona from this square. The square is named after Jaume I, who founded the Barcelona City Council in the XIII century - the Council of Hundreds, which launched the city's self-government. Now the City Hall and the building of the Government of Catalonia (Generalitat) are located on the square. And where is it located if already in Roman times there was a Forum here. In the Middle Ages, the church of San Jaume with an indispensable cemetery was located on the square. The City Hall was built in the XIV century. However, you can't tell this from it, because in the first third of the XIX century, its facade was replaced with a neoclassical one. At the entrance in the niches there are statues of the aforementioned Jaume I and J.Fivelier, who forced the city nobility to pay taxes in the XVI century. What the French Bourbons failed to do, which is why Louis XVI, among others, ended up on the guillotine. Opposite the City Hall is the Palace of the Government of Catalonia, built a century later. Like the City Hall, it has not retained its Gothic appearance, but at the same time it looks older, because it was rebuilt earlier and shows its Renaissance facade to the public. There are no sculptures on it, but on the balcony in front of the main entrance there is an image of St. George (Jordi), the symbol of Catalonia. The only Gothic building of the XI century preserved on the square is the canon's house. Originally it was an almshouse for beggars at the aforementioned church. In 1450, the building was handed over to the canon of this church. It is impossible to enter here, because the residence of the President of Catalonia is located here. It is here and in the neighboring government building that the main supporters of Catalan independence are sitting, not allowing the government in Madrid to sleep peacefully.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 31 March 2024
  • Thomas V
    Oakland, California16,063 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Open to the Sun
    In the very crowded older part of town, near lots of monuments and religious buildings, you will find this pretty square that opens up to reveal the sun and fresh air. You'll find a metro station here and a major street. It's quite pretty.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 April 2024
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,063 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
In the very crowded older part of town, near lots of monuments and religious buildings, you will find this pretty square that opens up to reveal the sun and fresh air. You'll find a metro station here and a major street. It's quite pretty.
Written 14 April 2024
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Vadim
Murmansk, Russia33,471 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
It is logical to start exploring the old city of Barcelona from this square. The square is named after Jaume I, who founded the Barcelona City Council in the XIII century - the Council of Hundreds, which launched the city's self-government. Now the City Hall and the building of the Government of Catalonia (Generalitat) are located on the square. And where is it located if already in Roman times there was a Forum here. In the Middle Ages, the church of San Jaume with an indispensable cemetery was located on the square. The City Hall was built in the XIV century. However, you can't tell this from it, because in the first third of the XIX century, its facade was replaced with a neoclassical one. At the entrance in the niches there are statues of the aforementioned Jaume I and J.Fivelier, who forced the city nobility to pay taxes in the XVI century. What the French Bourbons failed to do, which is why Louis XVI, among others, ended up on the guillotine. Opposite the City Hall is the Palace of the Government of Catalonia, built a century later. Like the City Hall, it has not retained its Gothic appearance, but at the same time it looks older, because it was rebuilt earlier and shows its Renaissance facade to the public. There are no sculptures on it, but on the balcony in front of the main entrance there is an image of St. George (Jordi), the symbol of Catalonia. The only Gothic building of the XI century preserved on the square is the canon's house. Originally it was an almshouse for beggars at the aforementioned church. In 1450, the building was handed over to the canon of this church. It is impossible to enter here, because the residence of the President of Catalonia is located here. It is here and in the neighboring government building that the main supporters of Catalan independence are sitting, not allowing the government in Madrid to sleep peacefully.
Written 31 March 2024
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Tommo
Melbourne, Australia55,340 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Placa de Sant is a city square located in the Gothic Quarter.

Our walking tour commenced from here and there is a metro located here.

The place is where there were some independence demonstrations in the past.
Written 6 February 2024
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Bluebellplasnewydd
Cardiff, UK1,953 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
This square is a city landmark and there are often peaceful demonstrations here as the buildings are the seat of regional government. It usually buzzes with excitement and is also a good place to arrange to meet friends.
Written 5 November 2023
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,063 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
It's a practical crossroads. We arrive on the Metro and emerged into lots of cross streets and lots of traffic, plus some construction. This is a good launching spot for the Born or Barri Gothic. Narrow streets full of food options on all sides. Busy and noisy.
Written 7 October 2023
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jeff1955malaysia
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia6,164 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
The Plaza Sant Jaume is an open space, a "lung" in the middle of the Gothic Quarter. You will find the most important buildings at this square in Barcelona.
Written 11 April 2023
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leuveen
United Kingdom1,277 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
The central square of the gothic district, with nice cafes, sandwich shops and restaurants all around. Not particularly spectacular but nevertheless hard to miss if you're strolling around the gothic district.
Written 16 February 2023
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JnVSydney
Greater Sydney, Australia20,364 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
Located in the gothic quarter, this is the central square for government building's with
the Generalitat (Catalonia government bldg) and the Barcelona City Hall on the surrounds, this is also a popular place for protests.
Written 22 December 2022
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JRMADA
United States3,313 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
This is a nice square with beautiful architecture. City Hall is here and they set up some holiday decorations i this square. Not much to see here, but you will most likely walk by it on your way to a city attraction. There is a Starbucks here for some refreshment and a toilet stop perhaps.
Written 7 December 2022
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George S
Miami Beach, FL1,612 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
Nothing that interesting nor particular about this plaza in the Gothic Quarter. Just a few Catalan government buildings.
Written 14 October 2022
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