Another Great Modernist

Barcelona "modernism" refers to the artistic style akin to Art Nouveau and Jugendstil that was practised at the beginning of the 20th century by great Barcelona architects like Gaudi.

Pretty much everyone has some understanding of Gaudi's great works including the Sagrada Familia, the Pedrera, Parc Guell and Casa Batllo.

Recently we left the Gaudi trail and visited works by Gaudi's contemporary, Llusa Domenech i Montaner. Two of his most prominent works are the Hospital de Santa Creu i de Sant Pau and the Palau de la Música Catalana. Both sites have been included since 1997 in the list of World Cultural Heritage of UNESCO. And this past week we made extensive visits to both of them.

Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau

The Hospital de la Santa Creu was founded in the year 1401, when Barcelona's six medieval hospitals were brought together as one magnificent Gothic building located in the Raval district Due to the medical advances of the 19th century, the Raval Hospital was no longer able to provide the best care of the day and a new building was proposed. Thanks to the generosity of Pau Gil, a banker, a new city within a city hospital was planned in the Eixample district of Barcelona. This city within a city, the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, was built between 1901 and 1930 and is considered by many to be the largest Art Nouveau style work in the world. Its architect was Lluis Domenech i Montaner.

This model shows the Hospital as it has been renovated from 2009 to present.

Fine tile work adorns many of the walls of the Hospital

Subterranean tunnels connected the buildings and still do

La Palau de la Música Catalana

A second exceptional modernism work of Domenech i Montaner is the Palau de la Música Catalana, a concert hall that is a strikingly beautiful example of Barcelona modernism. The Palau was built between 1905 and 1908. In 1909, The Palau won the architect an award from the Barcelona City Council, given to the best building built during the previous year. (Wikipedia)

Darius, Sueann and I went to the Palau de la Musica last Tuesday to hear Manuel González play an hour of classical guitar music. He was very good as were the acoustics. The venue was gorgeous.

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