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The Pontifical University

Architect: Martorell
Supervised by: Cascante
Decorated by: Luis Doménech y Montaner
Paintings: Eduardo Llorens(auditorium), Juan Llimona y José M. Tamborín (church)
Year of Construction: 1883-1892
Style: Eclectic neo-Gothic neo-Mudejar

Once the Marquis’s palace had been built, the Marquis, who would be remembered for his pious works, decided to found an important school of higher education. This finally became a Seminary for the poor and a Pontifical University, run by the Jesuits, who used teaching methods that had been in vogue since the seventeenth century.

The building structure followed the Jesuits’ models, which were based on a rectangular floor plan consisting of two courtyards and a church between them.

Joan Martorell begun to built it as an Eclectic and Gothic-Mudejar building. Later, in 1889, Doménech y Montaner added some modernist touches such as the auditorium, the church, main hall, staircase, bronze door, tiles and the coffered ceiling to break the harshness of the original building.