Friday, September 26, 2008

Palau Maricel - Sitges

When walking up the stairs from the main beach in Sitges, passing the church
Sant Bartomeu i Santa Tecla and enter into the old part of the city, one of the first buildings you see is Palau Maricel. It blends perfectly architecturally into the old city. In fact I believed it was an ancient building, but was astonished to learn that it was less than 100 years old.

Palau Maricel was built in 1910 by the American millionaire Charles Deering (1852-1927) to house his collection of art. Charles Deering returned to the U.S. in 1921 and took his art collection with him. Thanks to a donation by Dr. Pérez Rosales, in 1969 Palau Maricel now holds another collection of mostly medieval art.

Palau Maricel holds the atmosphere of an old noble mansion and is now one of the most famous buildings in the city. Built by Miquel Utrillo and deeply influenced by the Modernism in Catalunya, the palace is ornately decorated with magnificent tiles and beautiful terraces.

Palau Maricel is a dream venue for meetings and banquets with a spectacular view over the Mediterranean Sea. Deering ordered beautiful banquet rooms as Saló d'Or (Gold Room) in the heart of the palace and the adjacent Saló Blau (Blue Room) and Sala Capella (Chapel Room) to hold receptions.

Palau Maricel blends perfectly into the the surrounding old city, in fact it has a distinct renaissance or medieval character. I walked through an old mysterious passage way to face the beautiful blue Mediterranean sea.

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