The Congress Dinner will be held at Llotja de Mar, Contract
on Thursday 13rd February 2020
Tickets are limited in number by the venue, so please book early to avoid disappointment.
The Llotja de Mar or “Sea Exchange” is one of Barcelona’s most emblematic buildings, and it has always been the flagship of a dynamic civil society committed to Catalonia’s economic and social progress.
During medieval and modern times, the Llotja was the seat of the Consolat de Mar or “Sea Consulate.” In the second half of the 18th century and the first half of the 19th it housed the Royal Board of Commerce of Barcelona, and since 1886 it has been the home of the Official Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Shipping of Barcelona. For more than six centuries, the establishment has been a prime witness of the development of Catalan trade, art and architecture.
The Llotja consists of a number of superimposed buildings: to the 14th-century Gothic nucleus, formed by what later became known as the Contracting and Consular Halls, there was added in the 15th century the collateral nave, which contains the Gilded Hall. In the 16th century new enlargements were made, and finally, in the late 18th century, the Neoclassical exterior that we see today was constructed.
The Congress Dinner will take place at the Contracts Hall, which is the most distinguished architectural piece of Casa Llotja de Mar, and has been conserved since the medieval period.