The new extensions

Between the 11th and 13th centuries, Catalonia doubled its number of inhabitants thanks to the development of its agricultural, manufacturing and commercial activities. But in the 14th century the country found itself plunged into a profound crisis that lasted until the 16th.
Nevertheless, Barcelona continued to be one of the leading trading cities in the Mediterranean world, and its merchant class manifested a growing desire to impress and to display its economic power. The traders needed more and more space, and consequently their centre of operations, the Llotja, was progressively enlarged.

At the beginning of the 15th century, shortly after the completion of construction of the initial architectural body, an orchard of orange and lemon trees was laid out on a piece of land located behind the building, between the Contracting Hall and the former chapel of the Montcada family, and the collateral nave was built between the Gothic hall and the sea.