Locations in the cultural setting
Calella has unique and singular spaces for your productions. Apart from the magnificent set that makes up the city itself, the historical and cultural heritage of Calella offers settings with great possibilities for filming and photography.
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Church of Santa Maria and Sant Nicolau
It was in 1525 that permission was obtained from the Pope Clement VII for Calella to constitute itself into an independent parish (until then depending on Pineda). In 1528 the land was acquired for the building of the new temple, which was consecrated in 1564. The tower collapsed in 1747 causing the destruction of the temple, which was rebuilt again in 1755 and expanded in 1785. The church was partially destroyed again in 1936 during the Spanish Civil war and rebuilt between 1940 and 1951, according to project of Jeroni Martorell.
Old City Hall
Nowadays, it is the Public Attention Office and Exhibition Hall. This was originally the first Hostel of the town during the middle ages built on the grounds of the Fogassot family. It was then a bakery and butcher. It was completely restored and converted to the town hall in the 19th century until 1991 and now restored again to become a culture centre in 2008. Main elements: the semi-circular stone entrance. Still remaining from that time: is a beautiful stone portal and part of the antique facade, which was the entrance to butchers, this element resurfaced during the reconstruction of the interior of the building.
Air-raid shelter of Dalmau Park
The Air-raid shelter of Dalmau Park started to work in 1937 in order to protect the civilian population from the air attacks. It had a capacity to shelter 3.600 people. It is part of the Memorial Spaces Network of Catalonia and in 2010 was restored and signposted in order to open it to the public. It is a cultural good of local interest by means of which it is possible to get to know one of the most important chapters in the history of Calella: the civil war. As of today, the shelter is a vestige which represents the fight for achieving the democratic rights and liberties in Catalonia.
Museum of Tourism
The Museum of Tourism is a modern cultural facility whose objective is to show the history of tourism and its socio-cultural and economic effects on a global level in an attractive, didactic and participative way. It is a space for fostering the culture of tourism and a one-of-a kind museum-wise project in the world. By walking through the different spaces of the museum, the visitor will be part of an emotional approach to what the journey represents and will be able to feel first-hand the personal enrichment provided by the act of travelling.
Municipal Museum-Archive Josep M. Codina i Bagué
The Municipal Museum-Archive Josep M. Codina i Bagué is a multidisciplinary local museum that investigates, preserves and explains the different aspects of the town patrimony. It is located in a large manor house from the 17th Century, connected to the archive, situated in a new building on Bartrina street. The total area of the museum facilities is 1.145m2. The permanent exhibition is about the history of Calella and the “comarca” of Maresme and exhibits a great variety patrimonial objects (minerals, fossil, textile equipment, documents, clothes…). It is particularly interesting the Gallard art gallery, the Barri pharmacy and the documentary collection preserved in the Historic Archive.
The Turrets (Les Torretes)
The Turrets are a cultural good of local interest in Calella. They were built by the transmission service as optical telegraphs. It is composed of two turrets: the first one was built in 1848 and used for military means, whereas the other one was build in 1857 and had a civil use. Located in the south of the town centre and close to Calella Lighthouse, the Turrets can be seen from the beach and the hill where they are located provides a vantage point and a natural environment worth visiting.
Saint Quirze and Saint Julita’s Chapel
It’s an ancient chapel which was exclusively consecrated to Saint Elmo from 1476 to 1798, the year in which the relics of the patrons Saint Quirze and Saint Julita were brought to the chapel. In 1936, the chapel was seriously damaged due to the civil war and its valuable gothic altarpiece disappeared. Its current aspect is the result of the reconstruction carried out in the 1940s by the architect Jeroni Martorell.
Costa i Fornaguera Popular Library
It’s a former popular “noucentista” library planned in 1931 by the architect Jeroni Martorell. In this building, the classicist elements are integrated into structural sketches which belong to the popular tradition. The library was closed down in 2005 in order to move its services to the Can Salvador de la Plaça Library. It’s a building of great importance for the popular history of Calella.
Lighthouse of Calella
The landmark of Calella par excellence. It was inaugurated in 1859 and it is located at the entrance to the town in a promontory at 50m above sea-level. Inside the lighthouse, there is the “Centre d’Interpretació del Far de Calella” (Calella Lighthouse Interpretation Centre) whose main objective is to explain the lighthouse communications from different perspectives (maritime, land and urban communications). At the outside, there is an excellent vantage point from which you can enjoy the most stunning views of the town and its surroundings.
Can Salvador de la Plaça Library
The Can Salvador de la Plaça Library is located on the “plaça de l’Ajuntament”. It is part of the Catalonia Public Libraries Network and is a cultural and knowledge-wise municipal public service open to everyone. The current library was inaugurated in 2006, although the Salvador house is reliably recorded since the 15th Century. The building has a total area of 909m2 arranged in three floors in which ludic knowledge-wise activities took place throughout the year.