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There are two streets that lead to the square ending in a dead end. The Baixada de Santa Clara, whose name evokes the sadism with which the Romans of Barcino executed the daring of Santa Clara by throwing it down the street in a barrel full of broken glass, and Veguer Street.
Undoubtedly, the monumental complex that opens in the Plaza del Rei in Barcelona is one of the best examples of medieval architecture in the city. It is very well preserved and the night lighting is a wonder reserved for the few tourists who approach the square at that time.
Although the capacity is certainly limited, occasionally they do concerts in the same square and I advise you to go sometime. I remember a great Vinicio Capossela and the whole square got drunk with Il ballo di San Vito on a magical and splendidly lit night.
The Plaza del Rei at dawn with the tower presiding over the scene
The building of Palacio Real Mayor dominates the scene of the square with its high tower of Martí l'Humà. The palace began to be built during the eleventh century although it really gained prominence from the thirteenth century when the counts of Barcelona used it as a residence as well as the kings of the Crown of Aragon later.
Visually the Royal Palace is Gothic for the most part although in its foundations and in some details we can also observe the parts built during Visigoth times and even some Roman bases. The same palace is formed by five buildings whose differences we can see clearly from the outside.