The Tinell Hall was the throne room of a much larger palace than only this hall and chapel is left. It is located in the Plaça del Rei and is one of the magnificent spaces that are part of the MUHBA (Museu d’Historia de Barcelona)
The Throne room of the kings of the Crown of Aragon
The Tinell Hall was the room where the counts of Barcelona and kings of Aragon welcomed important visitors.
It seems that the tinell name comes from the furniture where the special occasional crockery was kept, when special guest were present. The wall were painted and covered with tapestries.
Although the room we see today is from the 14th century, the original is from the 11th century, and it had many columns in between to support the upper arches.
A larger palace for a more powerful monarchy
In the 14th century, when there was only one space, they had to reinforce the walls to withstand the pressure of the large diaphragm arches, which is why the Romanesque windows were covered and large buttresses were added to the outside. The construction of these arches was so risky that King Peter the Ceremonious consulted with the astrologers about the begginning of the works.
There were, in addition, other problems; the two side walls were not completely parallel, so a wall was made for covering one of the walls and because of that, they were completely parallel. But the frescos on this wall, which explained the conquest of Valencia, were hidden and were not rediscovered until the times of the Spanish Civil War
During the 16th and 17th centuries, the famous Autos de Fe of the Spanish Inquisition were celebrated in this hall. So many people were sentenced here.
In the 18th century, it became a convent of clarissas, as the War of Succession led to the disappearance of the former convent.
From the 1940’s onwards, the progressive recovery of some spaces of the old palace and the remodeling of the Plaza del Rei led to the creation of the City History Museum
You can browse the MUHBA webside to discover other interesting areas of the museum, and when you come to Barcelona, we can accompany you on an interesting visit to the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona to know the context in which this magnificent space was built.