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Archive of the Crown of Aragon

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  • Interior courtyard in the Virreyes Palace, the site of the Archive of the Crown of Aragon © Ministerio de Cultura

    Interior courtyard in the Virreyes Palace, the site of the Archive of the Crown of Aragon © Ministerio de Cultura

  • Records in the Royal Chancery. Archive of the Crown of Aragon © Ministerio de Cultura

    Records in the Royal Chancery. Archive of the Crown of Aragon © Ministerio de Cultura

  

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Archive
Calle Comtes 2 (Palacio de los Virreyes o del Lloctinent)
08002 Barcelona
Barcelona, Catalonia

The Archive of the Crown of Aragon is the oldest institution of its kind in Europe. For this reason it was declared part of the European Heritage network.

It was established as the Royal Archives in 1318. The Palau del Lloctinent, a historic building constructed in the Gothic style between 1549 and 1557 in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona, currently hosts the cultural and educational activities organised by the Archives. Its more modern offices in Calle Almogávers are dedicated to custodianship and research. Its documentary collections include documents belonging to the Counts of Barcelona and the Kings of Aragon, Valencia and Majorca in the 9th to 17th centuries, as well as the archives of various civil and ecclesiastical institutions and private archives from the Spanish territories of the Kingdom of Aragon (10th to 20th centuries).

Essential works

  • Capitulations of Santa Fe. Archives of the Kingdom of Aragon. Barcelona © Ministerio de Cultura

    Capitulations of Santa Fe

    Record of the agreement between Columbus and the Catholic monarchs regarding the project to find a new western route towards the East Indies.

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  • Papal Decrees. Archives of the Kingdom of Aragon. Barcelona © Ministerio de Cultura

    Papal Decrees

    Manuscript from the library of the Monastery of Ripoll, dating from the 14th century and containing the decrees passed by Pope Boniface VIII.

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  • Papal Decrees. Archives of the Kingdom of Aragon. Barcelona © Ministerio de Cultura

    Papal Decrees

    13th-century manuscript containing various compilations of canon law.

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  • Deliberations of the Regional Government of Catalonia. Archives of the Kingdom of Aragon. Barcelona © Ministerio de Cultura

    Deliberations of the Regional Government of Catalonia

    This book contains the deliberations of the members of the Regional Government of Catalonia in their meetings between 1458 and 1464.

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  • Map of the fortification of Majorca. Archives of the Kingdom of Aragon. Barcelona © Ministerio de Cultura

    Map of the fortification of Majorca

    This map is considered to be the first made of Majorca, and dates from 1596.

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  • Plan of the Ensanche development in Barcelona. Archives of the Kingdom of Aragon. Barcelona © Ministerio de Cultura

    Plan of the Ensanche development in Barcelona

    Reduced and verified copy of the original plan for the project to reform the area around Barcelona and its extension.

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  • Works of Seneca. Archives of the Kingdom of Aragon. Barcelona © Ministerio de Cultura

    Works of Seneca

    Front page of a 14th-century manuscript corresponding to a selection of works by the philosopher Lucius Anneus Seneca.

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Collections

The collections in the archive can be accessed through the Portal of Spanish Archives (PARES), created for the purpose of disseminating over the Internet the Spanish Historical Documents conserved in its network of centres.


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Timetables

Monday A Sunday

Does not close at midday

10:00 AM to 7:00 PM

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