Royal Academy of Sciences and Arts of Barcelona

The Royal Academy of Sciences and Arts of Barcelona (in Catalan: Reial Acadèmia de Ciències i Arts de Barcelona) is a Royal Academy located in Barcelona (Spain), founded in 1764 as a literary society and which in 2007 fulfills the functions of the study of Sciences, especially in the area of Catalonia.

It was founded as the Experimental Physyco-Mathematics Conference, with its first President being Francisco Subirás, to be later named by Royal Decree as the Royal Physical Conference that would deal with matters relating to the Principality of Catalonia. After changing its name again to the Royal Academy of Natural Sciences and Arts, since 1887 it has maintained its current name.

The Academy has a library with more than one hundred thousand volumes that is considered one of the most important in Spain due to the abundance of scientific works from more than three centuries, a historical archive and a complex composed of the Fabra astronomical observatory, inaugurated in 1904, with astronomical, seismological and meteorological equipment.

The Academy building is the work of the architect José Doménech y Estapá, inaugurated in 1894 and is located on La Rambla no. 115. On the ground floor there is the Poliorama Theater and on the first floor there is an astronomical clock manufactured by Alberto Billeter between 1859 and 1869.

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