La Casa de la Seda Guided Visit

La Casa de la Seda Guided Visit

Overview

Hidden in the heart of the Gothic Quarter there is a jewel still unknown to many: La Casa de la Seda (the House of Silk).

We invite you to enjoy a guided visit and discover one of the best well-kept baroque buildings in Barcelona.

Tour Details

  • When: Every Saturday: 
    11h Spanish- English
    12h Català
  • Meeting Point: Carrer Sant Pere Més Alt, 1 – corner with Via Laietana and near the Palau de la Música
  • Duration: 50 minutes approx.
  • Languages: English, Catalan and Spanish
  • Itinerary: Façade of Casa de la Seda with sgraffito from 18th century > Noble Floor with silk lined walls > Main hall with silk lined walls > library > presidential offices

Why do customers book this tour?

  • You’ll discover the power the guilds had in Barcelona during medieval and modern times
  • Fascinating story about the 500 year old silk association and 300 year old building
  • Beautiful silk lined walls and amazing noble hall

 Tour highlights

  • Façade of Casa de la Seda – with sgraffito from 18th century
  • Silk lined walls in the main hall
  • Library and presindential offices

What’s Included

  • Professional guide
  • Entrance fees

What will I see?

A 300 year old Baroque building, with beautiful sgraffito decoration on the façade, and a unique noble floor in the interior with silk-lined walls.

La Casa de la Seda boasts elegance and solemnity representing the historic splendor and representation that the guild reached during the 18th century.

The architectonic and artistic value of the monument was demonstrated in 1919, when it was declared National Cultural Heritage, and in 1929 when it won the Gold Medal of the City of Barcelona.

The façade of la Casa de la Seda

Few buildings have such a detailed beautiful sgrafitto carvings on their façade. The women on it are more than 2 metres high and it has been maintained exactly as it was when la Casa de la Seda was built, in 1763.

The noble floor of la Casa de la Seda

The silklined walls throughout the noble floor will leave you speechless. Together with the woodwork and decorative elements, you can feel the luxury and distinction, especially in the main hall.

The main hall was where the meetings took place. Guilds were a decisive part in society and participated in commercial deals, political matters and even religious aspects. And it was also a place for society events, especially chamber music concerts.

The library has more than 3000 documents, some that go way back to 1533. You will have the chance to see some pictures where you can see the world in Barcelona since the early 1900’s.

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Reviews

Reviews

Check our reviews and see what our customers say about this tour.

Posted by sfirisheyes - 07 Mar 2017

“Wonderful Museum of the Guilds” 5/5 stars

This was a very special museum experience, as it is a private residence, now open for public tours. This is very close to the Museo de la Musica, just around the corner. The guide was extremely knowledgable. It helped to learn about the history of the guilds, to understand commerce and how Barcelona came to be such a powerful port in it's time. We were shown beautiful examples from the silk makers of tapestry and wallpaper design. This was a fascinating experience! It is the only guildhouse open to the public in Barcelona. For more info in English – http://www.casadelaseda.com/en/home/

Reviewed on tripadvisor by sfirisheyes from San Francisco, California

Posted by Reto A - 24 Sep 2016

“A must for the sophisticated traveler” 5/5 stars

Here you can learn something about the history and the craftsmanship of the silk industry of Barcelona. It is a privilege that the guild opened their house to the public. This guided tour is like a time travel. There are just a few rooms to view but each with interesting objects to discover. I highly recommend this tour to the sophisticated traveler who want to discover Barcelona outside of the mainstream. And the best of all is the very simpatico tour guide, if you are lucky you gonna meet Laura and she will infect you with her passion. The 10 EUR fee are absolutely justified.
Reviewed on tripadvisor by Reto A from Switzerland

Posted by cila p - 23 Sep 2016

“Nice discovery” 4/5 stars
New open house to visit in Barcelona only available on 2016 for tourists. Good location in the city center, few people because it´s not well known from the public. the guide was nice! the visit took 50 minuts and it´s a beautiful house. Happy to see everything with no rush. The only negative thing it´s too expensive for the offer (small house). I recomende the visit!
Reviewed on tripadvisor by cila p from Portugal

Posted by marcantoni - 07 Aug 2016

“Not to miss!” 5/5 star
Barcelona is known worldwide for many well-known things. La Casa de la Seda remains yet as a hidden cultural treasure to discover. Not to miss.
Reviewed on tripadvisor by marcantoni

Posted by Diane T - 04 Apr 2016

“Less usual but tremendously interesting” 5/5 stars

This is not highly visible on the Barcelona tourist trail but is definately worth a visit if you are interested in fabric and the part played by the Guild in Spanish society of the day. And it is a cool, calm, tranquil and fascinating respite from the bustle of Las Ramblas.

Reviewed on tripadvisor by Diane from New Zealand

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