Lleida Palau Paeria
Palau de la Paeria is the best example of civil Romanesque architecture in Lleida, is also one of the most emblematic monumental buildings in Catalunya.
The facade overlooking the River Segre is Neoclassical in style and in 1929 it was restored adopting a Neomedieval style. The result is a perfectly balanced construction.
Built at the beginning of the 13th century, it stands on different historical "layers" that some local technicians and others working for Universitat de Lleida have unveiled after several excavations.
In 1383, Senyors de Sanaüja, owners and forerunners of the current building, transferred the palace to the city so that it became the seat of the municipal government. Nowadays Paeria, known by Lleida's inhabitants as the home of the "paer en cap", houses many treasures that reflect the city's identity. The word "paer" comes from the Latin term "patiarii", which means "man of peace". This moniker was adopted by the city mayors when in 1264 King Jaime I granted Lleida's former consuls this privilege.