Plaça de Sant Jaume is the ruling center of the Catalonia region and the center of the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona‘s Old Town. The square that holds the name of King Jouma (the mythical king of Catalonia) is named after a church that stood there until 1823, when it was destroyed in favor of the construction of the Ferran Street and the current square. In the middle ages the square was the center of two main streets. In the past, the Augustus Palace (from which four columns were preserved) stood at the junction of the streets.
What do you see at Plaça de Sant Jaume?
Today you can see the city hall and the government’s building located in the Generalist Palace (not difficult to identify the identity of the building – enough to look at the flags). Entrance to these buildings is free of charge on Sundays only. The Government’s building is closed on the third Sunday of each month (for additional information – Sundays in Barcelona and Barcelona for Free).
Next to the square you will find one of the best tourist information centers of Barcelona. From the square you can walk in almost any direction and enter the beautiful alleys of the Gothic Quarter, sit in one of the restaurants or cafes, or shop in one of the boutiques that are mainly aimed at tourists (for additional information – Bars and Restaurants in Barcelona and Shopping in Barcelona).