The Monumenta Association is putting on a photographic exhibition in conjunction with the Palau Robert about castles and private listed buildings in Catalonia to show how Catalan architectural heritage is conserved and encourage people to visit it. The “Monumenta 25 years” exhibition will be open to the public from 20 July to 11 September in the Palau Robert Gardens.
The exhibition brings together 32 information panels and 28 photographs of castles, mansions and other historic houses that reveal Catalonia’s rich architectural tradition and the splendour of many private buildings which are worthy of special protection due to their artistic value or history. These buildings may also be a tourist attraction and another way to drive the economic development of the places where they are.
The architectural heritage that visitors can see in the exhibition consists of Benviure Castle, El Roquer, Castellterçol, Oller del Mas, El Viver, Godmar Castle, Torre del Veguer, Florejacs Castle, El Remei Castle, Quermançó Castle, Molí del Mig Hotel, Mas Ribas Hotel, Aiguaclara Hotel, Casa de la Seda, Palau Mornau, NN Hoteles 1898, Casa Batlló, Casa de les Punxes, Almirall Library, Espanya Hotel, Setba Foundation, Riudabella Castle, Villa Paulita, Torre de Barta, Reial Cercle Artístic, Sant Marçal Castle, Palau de la Música and La Rotonda.
The Monumenta Association, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, provides information and advice to its members about managing this heritage in terms of restoration, administrative procedures and taxation. It currently has 150 members.
Monumenta is the Association of Owners of Castles and Listed Buildings of Catalonia, set up in 1992 at the time of the Olympic Games which prompted the renovation of so many urban and landmark buildings all over the country. It is the only non-state Association in the EHHA (European Historic Houses Association) and its priorities include conserving heritage as a service to society and taking it into the future.
It was one of the first organisations to advocate respect for architecture and in particular to preserve the environment with energy efficiency measures in historic buildings and in running parks and gardens. It has also got the upcoming generations involved in managing this heritage.