The Castellarnau House was built at the beginning of the 15th century and was home to one of the city’s most influential families until the 19th century. In 1542 Emperor Charles I resided here during his stay in the city.
Inside the house you can see the architectural styles of various periods. On the ground floor there is a series of pointed arches dating from between the 14th and 15th centuries. From the same period we have the patio and the stairway with its Gothic columns and capitals. During the 18th century, both the facade and the interior of the building were altered. Today it is the property of the city and can be visited as a museum.
It houses a permanent exhibition of the Molas Collection, a disparate selection of archaeological and ethnographic exhibits from a wide time span; the Quintana legacy with a model of the first plane to fly over Tarragona in 1913; and the collection belonging to the philologist and critic from Madrid, Sánchez Camargo, acquired by the City Council in the nineteen-sixties. The administrative offices of the Tarragona Museum of History are also in the building.
The audio is in Catalan yet the video will give you an idea on what to expect when visiting the place.
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