Located at the centre of Barcelona’s old town, it has been a focal point for centuries and remains an important symbol of Catalan identity today.
Originally known as Plaça del Rei (King’s Square), The Royal Square was built on the site where Roman Emperor Augustus once had a palace. It was also home to various other royal residences throughout its history, including those belonging to King Ferdinand I of Aragon and Queen Isabella I of Castile. Today, visitors can still see traces of these ancient buildings in their original form or through archaeological excavations that have taken place over time.
In addition to being steeped in history, The Royal Square is also home to some stunning architectural wonders from different eras. At its centre stands Palau Reial Major (Royal Palace Major), which dates back to medieval times and features Gothic-style architecture with intricate carvings and sculptures adorning its walls and windowsills. Surrounding this impressive structure are several Renaissance-era palaces such as Palau de la Generalitat de Catalunya (Palace of Catalonia) that were constructed during the 16th century by renowned architect Antoni Gaudí who is well-known for his unique style combining modernism with traditional elements like wrought ironwork motifs and ceramic tiles.
The square itself is lined with beautiful trees providing much needed shade during hot summer days while ornate fountains add a touch of elegance along with benches inviting people to sit down to relax or just take in all that surrounds them – from street performers entertaining passers-by to vendors selling souvenirs or local delicacies like churros con chocolate. And if you’re looking for something more cultural, then be sure not miss out on visiting Museu d’Historia de Barcelona located within the square which offers insight into Barcelona’s past through interactive displays showcasing artefacts dating back thousands of years ago up until present day.