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History

Welcome to the Palau

A magical place where you can make your own history

Hotel Palau Lo Mirador is located in an emblematic building, documented for the first time in the year 1385, although its origins date back to the beginning of Torroella de Montgrí in the 9th century AD.

Welcome to Hotel Palau Lo Mirador. A magnificent building, intrinsically linked to Torroella de Montgrí, where significant events took place that are part of the history of Catalonia.

The Building

A place that is intrinsically linked to Torroella de Montgrí

the building

It is known as Palau Lo Mirador because formerly El Mirador, which is the tower at the top of the building, was the highest point in the town, from where the entire plain of the current Empordà could be observed and monitored.

In the year 1385, the term Palau Lo Mirador appears for the first time in written documentation. However, the building already existed long before that. In the Roman era, a castle or Roman house with defensive walls around the church was developed, becoming the first line of defense and the beginning of the existence of the town of Torroella.

History

Who was who in

the family

The family that lived in this first fortified house was called the Torroella, who were part of the county of Empúries and granted generous privileges to attract new population.

In the 13th century, the palace transformed into the residence of the Counts of Barcelona, as Torroella de Montgrí became a royal town from 1273. This period marked one of the peaks of splendour for Palau Lo Mirador.

King Jaume and the Conqueror stayed there when they were on their way to the Council of Lyon. Also, Joan I, son of Pere el Cerimoniós and brother of Martí el Humano, spent the last night of his life at Palau Lo Mirador, along with his counselors, before dying in a never sufficiently clarified manner while hunting in the forests of Foixà in 1396.

The second great period of splendour was initiated by the Robert, who in the early 20th century wanted to envision the building as a summer residence with Gothic palace airs. The noucentista architect Rafael Masó was in charge of the reform project of the ancestral house to turn it into a noble residence. He used architectural elements from different houses in Torroella owned by the Robert family, such as stones, vaults, capitals... with the intention of maintaining the medieval spirit of the ensemble.

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