The Terrace and Castle Keep

The terrace allows daylight to enter the dining room of the castle and also acts as the access space to the keep. This first floor of the tower is where equestrian events used to be held.

From this outside area you have a magnificent view of the grounds of the estate. You can also see one of the three large neo-Gothic windows that illuminate the residential part of the tower, as well as the machicolations, or murder holes, at the top of the tower.

Enric Fatjó i Torras
(Sabadell, 1862-Reus, 1907)

Enric Fatjó i Torras was a modernista architect active at the end of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth. He was the municipal architect for Badalona and La Garriga. Two of his most well-known works were in his hometown, Sabadell; the Casa Taulé (1902) and the Casa Turull (1904). In Barcelona he was responsible for the extensive renovation work on the Casa de la Misericòrdia between 1897 and 1908.

On the terrace on the first floor of the castle are the steps to the first floor of the keep. This space, roofed with an ogive vault, is a viewing room with large neo-gothic tracery windows looking out over the castle lands. From this floor there is access, up a wooden spiral staircase that takes you past a disused level which functions as a ventilation chamber, to the roof of the keep. Here there is a terrace finished with a crenelated parapet, machicolations and a turret at each corner.

From the terrace the various neo-gothic elements of the main building can be seen, as well as some of the rooms.

The four exterior walls are where the most obvious examples of the neo-gothic style that characterises the building are to be found. At a compositional level, the facades of the castle consist of a base of plain stone which has been clad with soldó stone. There is a cornice running around the entire building at the level of the first floor, while the top is decorated with battlements.

The southern wall is the main facade. It consists of a large doorway in the middle with a flattened arch, and several windows.

Above the door, on the first-floor level, there is a fine neo-gothic window made up of three pointed arches with tracery. This window corresponds to the stained-glass room. On either side there is one more window, each rectangular and decorated with tracery. The tower on the right-hand side has a balcony at this level supported by four large corbels. On the opposite corner on the left-hand side there is a large medieval-style sculpture of Saint Isidre. It references Isidre de Sicart Torrents, the first Count of Sicart. The main facade, like the rest of the building, is crowned with a series of battlements and machicolations.

The eastern wall of the building contains a series of smaller windows with pointed arches on the ground floor and large windows on the floor above. The most interesting element on this wall is the large doorway with a flattened arch leading to the stables.

The northern side of the castle is presided over by the keep, which has large neo-gothic windows on three of its walls.

Finally, the western wall is characterised by the tower housing the service stairs jutting out from the facade, as well as numerous windows which correspond to the servants’ rooms on the ground floor, and to the bedrooms on the first floor.