This photo illustrating our web contact point is the mailbox of the Casa de L'Ardiaca (Archdeacon or principal deacon of a cathedral) located in the gothic quarter, near the cathedral.
The Casa de L'Ardiaca, is a Gothic palace from XII century, that has undergone many transformations, the most important one being in the XV century when the archdeacon Lluis Desplá chose it as his residence. In the interior you can contemplate a beautiful patio with a fountain in the center and a centennial palm tree.
The building is standing on the roman wall that can be seen in the interior, on the ground floor, also at the end of the aqueducts and cistern that distributed water to Barcelona in the roman times.
In 1895, the bar was situated in the building, and in 1902 the modernist architect Lluis Domenech i Montaner, who designed the Catalonian Music Palace (Palau de la Musica Catalana) and the San Pablo hospital, reformed the building.
We owe the architect this beautiful mailbox, impressively decorated, where a turtle ironically illustrates the slow pace of justice...
-> Link to la casa de l’àrdiaca’s information in Wikipedia (in Spanish).
-> Link to modernist architect Lluis Domenech i Montaner’s information in Wikipedia (in Spanish).
-> Discover this surprising mailbox during the Gothic Quarter tour