Llotja

The Llotja de Mar
The Llotja de Sant Jordi
The Llotja de la Seda, Valencia
The Llotja de Castelló d'Empúries

Llotja (Eastern Catalan: [ˈʎɔdʒə], plural llotjes); in Aragonese: loncha; in Spanish: lonja; is a Catalan term for important buildings used for commercial purpose during the Middle Ages and Early Modern Ages.

Many were used during the Medieval Ages for fishing and livestock markets or by brokers who used to make intermediaries.[citation needed]

Others, the so-called Casa de Contratación de Indias, were establishments destined to the control of the commercial activity, the transit of people and expeditions between Spain and the Americas. They registered all of the merchandise that circulated between Spain and the Americas and intervened in commercial trials.[citation needed]

Llotges in the former Crown of Aragon[edit]

In Catalonia
In Aragon
In the Valencian Community
In the Balearic Islands
Currently in France

Lonjas in the rest of Spain[edit]

Casa de Contratación de Indias[edit]

The Casa de Contratación de Indias centralized all of trade of the Americas with Spain from 1503 to 1790, including all types of products. Its headquarters were:

  • Seville Dockyards (building built in 13th century), was the first seat for the Casa de Contratación de Indias.
  • General Archive of the Indies (building built in 1584-1598) in Seville, was the most important seat for the Casa de Contratación de Indias.
  • Alcázar of Seville (building built from 9th until 18th centuries), was other seat for the Casa de Contratación de Indias.
  • Casa Palacio del Marqués de Torresoto (building built in 17th-18th centuries) in Cádiz, was the last seat for the Casa de Contratación de Indias.