In medieval times, the different professions in Barcelona were divided into guilds but the city's silk makers didn't form an association until the middle of the 18th century. Over the years, the building that housed the Association of the Silk Makers' Art became the envy of the society of the day due to its beautiful architecture.
The Casa de la Seda was the home of the Sailmakers' Guild, or Guild of Silk Sailmakers. Dating from the 18th century, it is situated in the Ribera district next to the Palau de la Musica Catalana. It has been classified as a Landmark of National Interest and its façade still retains the original and unique 18th-century baroque sgraffito work
The tour provides an insight into the history and curiosities of Barcelona and its guilds at the time and shows how silk was manufactured. The interior and exterior of the house, which dates back more than 300 years, reveal an elegance and sober beauty fully in keeping with the historic splendour and social status the guilds enjoyed in the 18th century, when they were at the pinnacle of their success.
The house is now open to the public for the first time in its 300-year history. Make sure you don't miss it!What does your booking include?
- Guided visit:
- The guild hall with its silk-lined walls and lavish ornamentation.
- The library with its historic archives.
- The guild president's majestic office and meetings room.
Times and languages
: Saturday, 11am (English/Spanish) and 12noon (Catalan).Lenght
: 45 min.Meeting point
: In front of the Casa de la Seda, Carrer San Pere Més Alt. Metro L1 and L4: Urquinaona, L4: Jaume I. Catalana stop. Buses: V15, V17 and 45.
- Free admission for under 11s.
- Reduced ticket: 11 to 18 years old, students and over 65 years old. Proof of age must be provided when purchasing a reduced ticket.
Customer services provider: BARCELONA GUIDE BUREAU