Placa de Sant Jaume (St. James's Square), Barcelona

Placa de Sant Jaume (St. James's Square), Barcelona

Saint James's Square, locally known as the Plaça de Sant Jaume, holds the administrative heart of Barcelona and serves as an excellent landmark for navigating the intricate streets of the Gothic Quarter.

Situated at a crossroads of significant thoroughfares, this square carries a rich historical legacy. It was once home to the Temple of Augustus and the Forum, where daily meetings of the city council took place on the porch facing the Temple. Four columns from the Temple have been preserved and can still be observed atop the hill known as Mont Taber.

Today, the square's architecture remains a prominent feature, with two striking buildings vying for attention. The Ajuntament (City Council) presides over Barcelona from one side, while the Generalitat (Catalonian government) commands attention from the other. The square continues to be a traditional gathering place for demonstrations and festivals.

Tip:
With many restaurants open until midnight and a constant buzz of activity, Saint James Square becomes one of the liveliest parts of Barcelona late at night. However, it's important to exercise caution as pedestrians share the space with cars and bicycles.

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Sight Name: Placa de Sant Jaume (St. James's Square)
Sight Location: Barcelona, Spain (See walking tours in Barcelona)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Create Your Own Walk in Barcelona

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Gothic Quarter Walking Tour

Gothic Quarter Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 Km or 1.1 Miles
La Rambla Walking Tour

La Rambla Walking Tour

One of the main streets in central Barcelona, La Rambla is popular with tourists and locals alike. Connecting the city’s old port with Plaça de Catalunya, it is filled with cultural and historic landmarks, as well as many terraces, restaurants, shops and street artists. Spanish poet, Federico García Lorca once said it was “the only street in the world which I wish never ended.”

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 Km or 1.4 Miles
Barcelona Food Tasting Walking Tour

Barcelona Food Tasting Walking Tour

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Follow this self-guided walk to treat your taste buds in...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 Km or 1.8 Miles
Picasso's Barcelona Walking Tour

Picasso's Barcelona Walking Tour

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This self-guided walk will take you to the Picasso Museum, the bar-restaurant and the art...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.2 Km or 2.6 Miles
Antoni Gaudí's Masterpieces Walking Tour

Antoni Gaudí's Masterpieces Walking Tour

Gaudi is admired around the world as one of the most distinctive architects of the 20th century. The unique technique and use of natural forms make his creations stand out from the pack. La Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, Casa Batllo and other masterpieces will certainly take your breath away with their beauty, forms, colors, and overall design. Just make sure to book tickets in advance, since...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.6 Km or 2.9 Miles
Barcelona Introduction Walking Tour

Barcelona Introduction Walking Tour

According to legend, Barcelona was founded by mythological Greek hero Hercules on one of his expeditions, when his boats were hit by a storm. The first 8 boats managed to escape without damage, but the 9th one was lost at sea. Hercules found his lost friends some days later on the coast, all safe and sound. The crew was taken by the beauty of the coastal landscape, and so they decided to stay. It...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.7 Km or 3.5 Miles

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