Palau de l’Abat conference centre
A mere stone’s throw away from the hostatgeria stands the exquisitely restored Palau de l’Abat—the venue for METM13 (click here for a virtual tour). Construction began under Abbot Francesc Oliver de Boteller in the 16th century and the Baroque façade was added in 1776. By the mid-20th century, however, the building was practically in ruins. Reconstruction and restoration were instigated under Abbot Maur Esteva in the 1970s and today the west wing houses the historical archives of Montserrat Taradellas i Macià and the Casa Ducal de Medinaceli, while the east wing is a modern conference centre. Facilities include state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment, a conference hall on each floor (both with a capacity for over a hundred delegates), several smaller rooms and a reception area for coffee and networking.