Palau de la Virreina was commissioned by Manuel d’Amat i de Junyent, who was Viceroy of Peru; however, Viceroy himself did not have a chance to see the completed design – he died two years before the palace was inaugurated, in 1778, and his wife, Maria Francesca de Fiveller y de Bru, became the main resident. The palace in fact received the name after Viceroy’s wife – virreina in Spanish means vicereine.
Today Palau de la Virreina, as the headquarters of Barcelona’s City Council Culture Institute, holds number of exciting art exhibitions and cultural events – all free of charge! But even if you don’t fancy the exhibitions available, it is still worth giving a closer look to this beautiful building, one of the gems of La Rambla promenade.
Metro: Liceu (line 3). Bus lines: 14, 59 and 91.