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The castle became a church
The castle became a church
Flag of Gallifa
Coat of arms of Gallifa
Coat of arms
Gallifa is located in Catalonia
Location in Catalonia
Gallifa is located in Spain
Location in 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
Province Barcelona
Comarca Vallès Occidental
 • Mayor Joan Tuñí Hervy
 • Total 16.2 km2 (6.3 sq mi)
Elevation 502 m (1,647 ft)
Population (2010)
 • Total 215
 • Density 13/km2 (34/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 08146
Website Official website

Gallifa is a municipality in the comarca of the Vallès Occidental in Catalonia, north-western Spain.[1] Here is the Castle of Gallifa and here was the location of the studio of ceramic artist Josep Llorens i Artigas and his son.

Claim to fame[edit]

The Castle of Gallifa overlooks the village from a height of 600 metres.[2]

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".[3]

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 moved down the mountain by mule. After that lorries and the train were used to complete the journey from Catalonia to south western Germany.[4]


  1. ^ 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).
  2. ^ Castles in Spain,, retrieved May 2014
  3. ^ MIRO, Joan (1893-1983), with José Llorens ARTIGAS, UNESCO, retrieved 11 May 2014
  4. ^ "The wall by Joan Miró". InterTrans Gmbh. Retrieved 28 September 2011. 

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