The Gilded Hall

The Gilded Hall, which was built during the Neoclassical reform, is the most majestic space of the main floor of the Llotja. It formed part of the old collateral nave, is two storeys high and adjoins the Contracting Hall.

The Gilded Hall was built with ten openings: the three balconies of the façade on Passeig d’Isabel II, the three doorways leading into the corridor that goes around the Contracting Hall at the height of the first floor, and the four doorways of the front and rear walls of the hall, two of which are blind. Of the two open doorways, one gives access to the Lucretia Hall and the other to the anteroom, also known as the “Ships Hall.” In order to maintain both the external symmetry of the building and that of the Gilded Hall, the architect Joan Soler i Faneca, the director of this restoration, opened at the height of the second floor ten balcony windows, seven of which are blind – the three adjoining the interior wall and the four corresponding to the end walls of the hall. The other three windows overlook the Passeig d’Isabel II.

The Gilded Hall has been redecorated on several occasions, but it still conserves the splendour it had when it was created at the end of the 18th century. The colour gold was chosen for all the decorative elements – the frames and mouldings of all the openings, the pediments of the doorways, the balustrades of the balcony windows and the corbel that supports the lion with the coat of arms of the Royal Board of Trade of Barcelona.

The walls were covered with red tapestry bearing repetitions of the coat of arms of the Board of Trade, now that of the Chamber of Commerce, and the figure of Mercury sitting on a hay bale. In the four corners of the hall, standing on cylindrical pedestals, there are now four white marble sculptures by Damià Campeny: Hymen, Conjugal Fidelity, Diana the Huntress and Paris.