The Main hall, also known as the Throne hall, was the place where the King during his stay in the Castle granted an audience to officials and individuals, who participated in the events, held in honour of the King.
According to the photos of that time, the walls were draped and decorated with shields, spears and other weapons, which created a medieval atmosphere. In the middle of the Hall was a chandelier, under which fluttered the Montaners’ standard. Everything survived by the present day.
In the middle of the Hall is located a fireplace decorated with a sculptural composition, which shows a scene of foundation of the Canet de Mar city in 1599. All the participants of this event (representatives of Canet de Mar and the council of Barcelona) are pictured at the bottom of the sculptural composition. The heraldic shield of the Montaners’ house is located at the top of the fireplace.
The walls are decorated with two large paintings: one is painted by Pablo Behar (1895) and represents the legend of the origin of Catalan flag. According to the legend, the flag appeared in the 9th century, when Charles the Bald drew four lines with the blood of Wilfred the Hairy on Wilfred’s shield before his death (Charles dipped his fingers in Wilfred’s wounds, which he got during the battle against Lobo ibn Muhammad, who sieged Barcelona). This legend of the year 897 was very popular in the 19th century during the Catalan renaissance. Another painting represents Saint George fighting the dragon – very symbolic and modernistic scene.
Apart from some details, which are closely connected with the history of the Castle, the architect completes the magnificence of the Hall with colourful materials and creative technique of modernism: a large number of bright stained-glass windows, forged chandeliers, patterned floor paved with marble, which looks like a big carpet. We can see stone carving by sculptors from Massan workshop not only above the fireplace but also on the capitals, which tells us about important medieval activities, such as falconry, stone cutting, building, weaving, grape gathering and so on.
The magnificent carved coffered ceiling painted by local artists from Canet perfectly matches the idea of bright open space of the Hall filled with light.
In the right part of the Hall, decorated with various artistic elements, was a dining room, where members of the Montaner and Capmany families received Catalan and foreign guests famous in culture, art, literature, and politics.
In this part of the Castle under the multilevelled carved ceiling with its unique large caissons we can see a chandelier made from Murano glass. This place is connected with the garden and the forest with the help of bright and colourful stained glass windows and the outdoor terrace.
|Banquet (dinner, supper)||120 pax.|
|Coctel||150 – 200 pax.|
The architectural ensemble, which surrounds the patio, is an example of a well thought out architectural decision thanks to various windows of different shapes and sizes, thanks to open spaces, such as galleries on the first and the third floor.
The whole patio is decorated with gothic elements, with some specific features, which perfectly suit the architectural ensemble of the Castle, for instance the front staircase leading to the Main hall. Another example of gothic style is stele, erected after the visit of King Alfonso XIII along with his court and prime minister Antonio Maura in November 1908. There is an inscription on the stele: Alfonso XIII, the King of Spain and the Count of Barcelona. Under this inscription there is a list of politicians and other notable people, who took part in celebrations in the Castle.
The patio affords a nice view of the gallery with its beautiful arches, columns and capitals, which are very valuable and important. All elements are from deserted cloister El Priorat de Tallat which suffered from the secularization law of the 1835. Later Ramon Montaner bought this gallery. Louis Domenec breathed new life in it and perfectly inserted it into the architectural ensemble of the St. Florentina’s Castle.
Land around the Castle in addition to different agricultural purposes was also used for grape cultivation. Initially the bodega was used for wine storage in special barrels, in which it matured.
Thanks to Luis Domenec i Montaner who also worked on the project of Bodega its style is common with the whole Castle. Since they used a special technique of bricklaying, which helps to distribute the pressure uniformly because there are no columns and the wine cellar is spacious and open. This technique also was used later by Luis Domenec i Montaner, when he designed the first metro stations in New York, Boston library, Palace of Catalan Music, and the Hospital of the Holy Cross and Saint Paul.
Luxury apartments, where the owners of the Castle lived, is notable for its unique design. A small tablet on the wall in Royal apartments tells us that in this room lived King Alfonso XIII during his stay in the Castle. It is worth mentioning the large bad with canopy, monumental fireplace and floor, covered with red ceramic tile and incut white porcelain tile with blue heraldic painting. Decorative stained-glass windows with heraldic symbols and geometric shapes combine the apartments with outside part of the Castle according to modernist style of triumph of fabrics, colour and light.
The bathroom, which the King used as well, is located in the tower near the apartments. The bathroom is a round room, where the author was able to incarnate his creative vision in mosaic floor, walls covered with images of water iris made of rough ceramic tile in trencadís style, magnificent vaults which are connected in the centre of the ceiling and form a dome – each detail perfectly suits the bathroom.
By this masterpiece Luis Domenec i Montaner shows not only his greatness as an architect, but also his perfect taste as a decorator. The author creates his own style by combining and mixing different materials, forms, styles and techniques.