Palau de la Virreina

La Rambla 99. (Open Map)


Courting contemporary arts

This classical palace takes its name from the widow of an unpopular viceroy of Peru, who commissioned it and lived in it after its completion in the 1770s. Palau de la Virreina houses the city cultural department and has information on events and shows.

On the first floor, Espai 2 is devoted to exhibitions of contemporary art, while the free downstairs gallery, named after local photographer Xavier Miserachs, is focused on historical and contemporary photography and also hosts Barcelona's most prestigious annual photo competition: the FotoMercè, held during the Mercè in September.