Gallifa is a municipality in the comarca of the Vallès Occidental in Catalonia, north-eastern Spain.[4] It contains the Castle of Gallifa and was the location of the studio of ceramic artist Josep Llorens i Artigas and his son.

The castle became a church
The castle became a church
Flag of Gallifa
Coat of arms of Gallifa
Gallifa is located in Province of Barcelona
Location in Catalonia
Gallifa is located in Catalonia
Gallifa (Catalonia)
Gallifa is located in Spain
Gallifa (Spain)
Coordinates: 41°41′39″N 2°6′56″E / 41.69417°N 2.11556°E / 41.69417; 2.11556
Country Spain
Autonomous community Catalonia
ComarcaVallès Occidental
 • MayorMateu Comalrena de Sobregrau Esteve (2015)[1]
 • Total16.3 km2 (6.3 sq mi)
502 m (1,647 ft)
 • Total169
 • Density10/km2 (27/sq mi)
Postal code

Claim to fameEdit

The Castle of Gallifa overlooks the village from a height of 600 metres.[5]

In 1953 Joan Miró and Josep Llorens i Artigas worked at Artigas's studio in Gallifa. There they created "firestones" which they exhibited under their joint names, including in 1956 a joint exhibition in New York. The following year the two worked on a mural for the UNESCO headquarters and for the University of Harvard. The tiles that made up the two murals for the UNESCO building were created in Gallifa and Miro supervised their installation in Paris. The murals are called "The Wall of the Sun" and "The Wall of the Moon".[6]

The tiles for Joan Miró's ceramic mural (the Miró Wall) were fired in Gallifa and they were then transported 1200 km to the Ludwigshafen museum in Germany. They were placed four to a box so that they could be moved down the mountain by mule. After that lorries and the train were used to complete the journey from Catalonia to south western Germany.[7]


  1. ^ "Ajuntament de Gallifa". Generalitat of Catalonia. Retrieved 2015-11-13.
  2. ^ "El municipi en xifres: Gallifa". Statistical Institute of Catalonia. Retrieved 2015-11-23.
  3. ^ Municipal Register of Spain 2018. National Statistics Institute.
  4. ^ Panareda Clopés, Josep Maria; Rios Calvet, Jaume; Rabella Vives, Josep Maria (1989). Guia de Catalunya, Barcelona: Caixa de Catalunya. ISBN 84-87135-01-3 (Spanish). ISBN 84-87135-02-1 (Catalan).
  5. ^ Castles in Spain,, retrieved May 2014
  6. ^ MIRO, Joan (1893-1983), with José Llorens ARTIGAS, UNESCO, retrieved 11 May 2014
  7. ^ "The wall by Joan Miró". InterTrans Gmbh. Archived from the original on September 29, 2020. Retrieved 28 September 2011.

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