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Plaça del Rei
Emblematic places

The Greater Royal Palace was rebuilt by Ramon Berenguer IV in the 12th century on a pre-existing structure that had been the first residence of the Counts of Barcelona. By the end of the 14th century, this palace had acquired its present-day structure as a spacious building formed by diverse parts grouped around a large central courtyard. A semicircular stairway leads from the courtyard to the Royal Chapel of St. Agatha, built in the reign of King James II. To the left of the square stands the Palau de Lloctinent (Lieutenant's Palace), a Renaissance building from the 16th century by Antoni Carbonell. From the same period dates the adjoining tower, called the Mirador del Rei Martí (King Martin's Lookout). Eduardo Chillida's statue called 'Topos' adorns the square, forming a striking contrast to its medieval setting.