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Plaça Sant Jaume (Facade of the City Council of Barcelona)

Drawing: Francisco Daniel Molina
Sculptor: Felipe Cassoni Pisani, execution
Architect: Francesc Daniel Molina
Materials: White marble
Inauguration: April 7, 1855

Reforming the town halls the architect Josep Mas presented a new facade. The project was approved by the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando in 1831, and the presence of sculptures and envisaged in the ground and the capstone. At the initial project the sculptures that adorned the facade were the statues of Hercules, the mythical founder of the city, and Minerva, the warrior representative of the industrious Barcelona. The turbulent years that followed would not allow the works finalized until the next decade. Time to order the two statues planned, the council decided to replace the images provided by King James I and Pau Claris, who had been president of the Generalitat of Catalonia. In 1844, when even the press continued to publish the names of the characters initially chosen, the image of Pau Claris was changed to John Fiveller.

The placement of the assembly which was also modified the top of the architect Daniel Molina and Casamajó, and in the 1850s, and which was placed and opened on April 7, 1855, by the Italian Felipe Cassoni. A dubious shield of the county Barcelona preside.

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