Virreina Palace

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Virreina Palace
Barcelona - Palau de la Virreina - façana.jpg
The palace's frontage
Virreina Palace is located in Barcelona
Virreina Palace
Location of the Virreina Palace within Barcelona.
General information
TypeHistorical Building
LocationBarcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Coordinates41°22′57″N 2°10′18″E / 41.382492°N 2.171667°E / 41.382492; 2.171667Coordinates: 41°22′57″N 2°10′18″E / 41.382492°N 2.171667°E / 41.382492; 2.171667
Construction started1772

The Virreina Palace (Catalan: Palau de la Virreina; Spanish: Palacio de la Virreina) is a building in the city of Barcelona. Situated on the famous La Rambla avenue, today it houses the headquarters of the city council's Culture Institute (Institut de Cultura de l'Ajuntament de Barcelona) and hosts various temporary art exhibitions and cultural events.[1]

The palace was built, between 1772 and 1778, for Manuel d'Amat i de Junyent, who was Viceroy of Peru between 1761 and 1776. It is named for his wife, virreina meaning vicereine in the Catalan language. The architect was Carles Grau, and the palace was built in a style between baroque and rococo.[1] Grau, also a sculptor, created the window hoods and the vases which decorate the building's skyline.[2]

On the exterior of the palace is a statue of Our Lady of the Rosary, created by Luisa Granero in 1967.[3]



  1. ^ a b "La Virreina Centre de la Imatge". Turisme de Barcelona. Retrieved 2013-12-03.
  2. ^ Woodward, Christopher (1992). The Buildings of Europe: Barcelona. Manchester University Press. p. 43.
  3. ^ "Mare de Déu del Roser 1967" (in Catalan). Ajuntament de Barcelona. Retrieved 2013-12-03.

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