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The Palau de la Paeria, which houses the seat of the Lleida City Council, is one of the best-preserved Catalan civil Romanesque buildings in Catalonia despite its successive neoclassical restorations. Apart from the development of municipal political activity, it allows free visits to an interior that preserves vestiges of its original uses.

The building has two main façade: one of Medieval Catalan Civil Romanesque style looks out over Plaça Paeria, while the other, a 1929 neo-Medieval remodeling of the neoclassical structure (19th century), overlooks the Segre River. Built in the 13th century, it was given to the city by the Lords of Sanaüja, its owners, in 1383. The Paeria is the name given to Lleida City Council and it derives from the term paer (from the Latin "patiari" or man of peace), an honour conferred in 1264 by King Jaumes I.

It is worth highlighting on the one hand the basements with archaeological remains such as La Morra, and on the other, the Saló de Plens and Sala Noble where the Gothic altarpiece of the Virgin of the Fathers stands out.

The dungeon (La Morra)

The city’s jail was housed in the basement in 1486, with separate cells for men and women. La Morra was the name given to the
chamber used to house prisoners who had been condemned to death, and graffiti carved by inmates during the 16th and 17th centuries can still be seen on the walls.

Our Lady of the Paers 

The Paeria’s grand chamber houses a 15th century Gothic altarpiece (1451 to 1454) which originally adorned the altar in the old chapel. It shows Mary flanked by Archangels Gabriel and Michael and surrounded by four “paers”. (Room closed to the public, visitable with booking in advance).

The City Archive

The treasures held in the City Archive include a 14th-century Usage Book · Llibre dels Usatges, the Cabinet of Provileges · Armari dels Privileges (a magnificent Baroque cabinet) and, of particular interest, the Charter of Population or People's Charter, which marked the beginning of the legal life of the city or simply said the first constitution for the citizens of Lleida, dating from 1150.

The architectural importance of the Palau de la Paeria in Lleida was revealed in a royal decree of 25 January 1980 in which the building was declared a National Historical Monument.

Schedule
  • From Monday to Saturday: from 11am to 2pm and from 5pm to 8pm
  • Sunday and holidays: from 11am to 2pm.
Entrance fee
  • Free entrance

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