The Maricel Palace is one of the most emblematic buildings in Sitges. Visiting Maricel Palace is something that you cannot miss during your stay in Sitges. And in this article, of course, we will explain why.
Forming part of Maricel’s artistic ensemble, also receives the name of Maricel de Terra as a differentiation from the museum also known as Maricel de Mar. The Gold Room, the Blue Room, the Chapel Room, the Ship’s Room, Terraces or the Cloister, enjoying a splendid view over the Mediterranean, are the main areas that make up the Palace. With a markedly “Noucentista” style, the different rooms are distinguished by a unique decor stressing its character.
The history of the Palace
The history of the museums of Sitges is closely linked to collecting art since its inception and well as before the opening of its first public museum, the Museum of Cau Ferrat (1933). Both the art collection that the painter and writer Santiago Rusiñol started very young, being a disciple of the painter Tomàs Moragas, in which initially forged predominates wrought iron and antiques, as the collection from the American industrialist, philanthropist and collector Charles Deering assembled by Miquel Utrillo in parallel with the construction of Maricel Palace (1910-1921) are the result of determination and perseverance in order to configure collections to enjoy and admire.
The triple function of the Palace
- Firstly, as a place that holds very important institutional and cultural events of the utmost importance in the civic and cultural life of Sitges, such as concerts, lectures or presentations.
- Secondly, some of the areas host events of organizations and companies that rent its use, as well as civil marriages.
- Finally, rooms, terrace and cloisters are accessible by Guided that Museums of Sitges organize. During summer months, the program of visits extends to include castanet concerts and dinners under a full moon on their magnificent terraces.
One of the most outstanding parts of the palace is undoubtedly the upper terrace. Where beautiful views, lovely decorations, stunning colours are surrounding us, while we can observe the town of Sitges from above.
The real highlight of the visit is definitely the cloister. The views on the Mediterranean, the colours and painted tiles all around the garden, and the columns all around give a very dreamy outcome to this cloister. If you are lucky enough to visit it on a sunny day, certainly you will be amazed.
The Gold Room
The majestic Gold Room is the space used by Museums of Sitges to organize different academic sessions, such as the seminar about the Art Market, Collections and Museums, the Day of Archaeology of Sitges and the International Symposium on Noucentisme.
This same area has witnessed a long list of significant social and cultural events, such as the Meeting of Catalan and Spanish Intellectuals promoted by the Catalan Government in 1981 and various courses of the University Menéndez Pelayo, among many others.
When to visit the Maricel Palace?
The Maricel Palace is closed on Mondays. As per their official schedule, the Palace is open for visitors from Tuesday to Sunday. The entrance hours can differ, please take a look at their official schedule.
How much is the entrance ticket to visit the Maricel Palace?
The entrance ticket is 5 EUR per person. If you have a local library card, you can get a discount, and your final ticket will be 3,5 EUR.
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