The Palau de la Generalitat is the headquarters of the Ministry of the Presidency and the Government of Catalonia. It is a building that bustles with activity, where decisions that affect the lives of all Catalans are taken.
It is also the venue where Catalonia’s most important political and institutional events are held, including high-level meetings, institutional visits, award ceremonies, audiences and receptions.
The Diputació del General de Catalunya, known popularly as the Generalitat, has its origins in the Corts Catalanes (Catalan Courts), a parliamentary representative assembly that shared power with the monarch and was one of the first institutions of its kind in Europe. The first president was Berenguer de Cruïlles, appointed to the Corts de Cervera in 1359. In 1400, buildings at the site were acquired to house the institution’s permanent headquarters. The main facade (1597–1619), designed by Pere Blai, is the prime example of civilian Gothic architecture of the Renaissance era in Catalonia.
In the video, Anna Maria Reverté (the Palau’s carillonist) plays "Variations on a Theme by Sor", op. 15, by Miquel Llobet.
The Palau de la Generalitat’s carillon has 49 bronze bells and its total weight is 4,898 kg. With this number of bells, the instrument has a range of four octaves on the chromatic scale, which makes it a concert carillon.
The carillon was made by Petit & Fritsen in Aarle-Rixtel (Netherlands) and inaugurated on 21 December 1976, just months after the Generalitat was re-established.