• The defeat in 1714 had disastrous consequences for Barcelona. 
  • The city lost the Consell de Cent, the political institution that 
  • symbolized its local autonomy. There were also sequels in the 
  • urban areas, signified by the construction of the Ciutadella fortress 
  • which would control the city. 

  • However, the eighteenth century is best known for the city’s 
  • economic growth, which founded upon the development of 
  • the manufacturing industry (especially textile) and the commercial 
  • resurgence, thanks to the trade with the Spanish colonies 
  • in America.

  • This prosperous age is reflected in the neoclassical buildings 
  • such as the new Llotja de Mar (Sea Exchange) or more importantly 
  • the transformation of la Rambla into a striking and classy promenade. 
  • This time ended with a turbulent period. The Ancient Régime ended, 
  • and was followed by the French Revolution and the occupation of 
  • the city by the Napoleonic army.

  • 1714 – 1833
Llotja de Mar