Palau Dalmases (Carrer Montcada)
This palace is where the Acadèmia dels Desconfiats (1700-1703) was founded and met. This “Academy of the Distrustful” was a group of erudite nobles and clergymen whose aim was to promote knowledge of Catalan history, language and poetry. Most members supported Archduke Charles. Some of these academics, such as the founder, Pau Ignasi de Dalmases i Ros, and his brother-in-law, Josep Faust de Potau, Marquis of Vallcabra, were imprisoned in 1704, accused of conspiring against Philip V, whilst another academic, Antoni de Peguera i d’Aimeric, was able to flee to Genoa. Years later, the pretender of the House of Austria rewarded Pau de Dalmases for his loyalty by bestowing the title of Marquis of Vilallonga on him (1709). The palace contained an exceptional library, the property of Pau de Dalmases, who was appointed as ambassador of the Three Commons to London in 1713, after the English had signed the Treaty of Utrecht (1713), withdrawing from the conflict.