WELCOME TO BARCELONA!

Catalonia is an European country situated on the western coast of the Mediterranean. Over a thousand years of history, symbols and traditions reflect the heritage and cultures of the peoples who have left their mark on this land where the Costa Brava and Cadaqués have inspired artists such as Salvador Dalí, son of an Empordà notary and freemason.

Catalonia is also a land of sacred places, like the mountain and Monastery of Montserrat, where the music of the freemason Josep Rodoreda transformed Verdaguer’s poem into a hymn sung by choirboys, under the mystical gaze of the black virgin.

And also the Monastery of Poblet, home of the Cistercians, the kings’ pantheon and where the English Duke of Wharton, who introduced freemasonry into Spanish State at the beginning of the eighteenth Century, is buried.

Barcelona, the city that astonished the world with the 1992 Olympic Games, is the capital of Catalonia and also where Gaudí deployed all his architectural genius and whose spirit is still alive in his greatest works, Park Güell and the Sagrada Família, the successors of Gothic cathedrals and operative masonry.

One of Barcelona’s hallmarks is the Eixample. An urban area designed in grid form by the engineer and freemason Ildefons Cerdà in the mid-19th Century. Employing a rationalist and geometrically regular design, reminiscent of the floor tile of a masonic lodge, Cerdà engineered solutions to city problems that are still applicable a century and a half later.

In addition to Cerdà’s Eixample, Barcelona preserves other vestiges of the passage of freemasonry in its buildings and monuments. In the cathedral, guild symbols of the operative masons are still evident.

Compasses, set-squares, triangles, five-pointed stars and secret signs decorate facades, libraries, tombs in cemeteries and crown emblematic statues around the city.

There are even theories that link the colours of Barça, one of the biggest football clubs in the world, with freemasonry, matching those used in the high masonic degree of the Royal Arch.

Since Napoleonic times, Barcelona has been the freemasonry gateway into the rest of the state. After General Franco's 40-year dictatorship, freemasonry was re-established in Barcelona where, in 1989, the Gran Orient de Catalonia established its headquarters. Its 17 lodges are spread throughout the Catalan-speaking territory, as well as in Corsica and Stockholm.

Barcelona has always been a welcoming city. And this has also been the case for freemasonry. In May 2018, we will be pleased to greet the CLIPSAS brethren with a warm and fraternal embrace.

Catalonia is an European country situated on the western coast of the Mediterranean. Over a thousand years of history, symbols and traditions reflect the heritage and cultures of the peoples who have left their mark on this land where the Costa Brava and Cadaqués have inspired artists such as Salvador Dalí, son of an Empordà notary and freemason.

Catalonia is also a land of sacred places, like the mountain and Monastery of Montserrat, where the music of the freemason Josep Rodoreda transformed Verdaguer’s poem into a hymn sung by choirboys, under the mystical gaze of the black virgin.

And also the Monastery of Poblet, home of the Cistercians, the kings’ pantheon and where the English Duke of Wharton, who introduced freemasonry into Spanish State at the beginning of the eighteenth Century, is buried.

Barcelona, the city that astonished the world with the 1992 Olympic Games, is the capital of Catalonia and also where Gaudí deployed all his architectural genius and whose spirit is still alive in his greatest works, Park Güell and the Sagrada Família, the successors of Gothic cathedrals and operative masonry.

One of Barcelona’s hallmarks is the Eixample. An urban area designed in grid form by the engineer and freemason Ildefons Cerdà in the mid-19th Century. Employing a rationalist and geometrically regular design, reminiscent of the floor tile of a masonic lodge, Cerdà engineered solutions to city problems that are still applicable a century and a half later.

In addition to Cerdà’s Eixample, Barcelona preserves other vestiges of the passage of freemasonry in its buildings and monuments. In the cathedral, guild symbols of the operative masons are still evident.

Compasses, set-squares, triangles, five-pointed stars and secret signs decorate facades, libraries, tombs in cemeteries and crown emblematic statues around the city.

There are even theories that link the colours of Barça, one of the biggest football clubs in the world, with freemasonry, matching those used in the high masonic degree of the Royal Arch.

Since Napoleonic times, Barcelona has been the freemasonry gateway into the rest of the state. After General Franco's 40-year dictatorship, freemasonry was re-established in Barcelona where, in 1989, the Gran Orient de Catalonia established its headquarters. Its 17 lodges are spread throughout the Catalan-speaking territory, as well as in Corsica and Stockholm.

Barcelona has always been a welcoming city. And this has also been the case for freemasonry. In May 2018, we will be pleased to greet the CLIPSAS brethren with a warm and fraternal embrace.