‘Fine Art Is Good Medicine’: How Hospitals Around the World Are Experimenting With the Healing Power of Art; Menachem Wecker; artnet News
Menachem Wecker took a close look at how different clinics around the globe are making art a serious part of patient care.
HOSPITAL DE SANT PAU: A PHOTO STORY OF THE UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE IN BARCELONA; Siddhartha Joshi; The Wanderer
The Palau de la Música Catalana was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. The concert hall is an architectural jewel. Its exterior is as surprising and unique as its interior, with one of the most beautiful auditoriums in the world.
Source: Max Abroad : The Best of Spain
Silversea’s 2018 Venetian Society voyage concluded in Lisbon on 18 October, following a varied itinerary which incorporated a number of unique, bespoke events. Having departed from Monte Carlo on 9 October, 2018, Silversea’s Silver Whisper visited a number of destinations in France and Spain. Hosted by Fernando Barroso De Oliveira, Silversea’s Executive Chairman’s ambassador to the Venetian Society, the annual voyage unlocked authentic events, activities, receptions and other privileges exclusively for the cruise line’s valued Venetian Society.
While tourists pack Gaudí’s famous Barcelona church, visit this serene and stunning site; Diane Daniel; Washington Post
The Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site was designed by another modernist master, Lluis Domènech i Montaner.
The Ultimate Wheelchair Accessible Guide to Barcelona, Spain: What to Do, Where to Stay, and How to Get Around; Cory Lee; Curb Free
Here’s the ultimate Barcelona wheelchair access guide, with tips on the best attractions, modes of transportation, and even where to stay.
Barcelona is one of the most unique and beautiful cities in Spain, and being part of Catalonia, it has a distinctive language, cultural background, cuisine and a large handful of wonderful landmarks, nine of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. UNESCO stands for ‘United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation’ and each year, this organisation collates a World Heritage List to recognise unique landmarks as having cultural, historical, scientific or another form of significance, and these are legally protected by international treaties. So, whether you’re an architecture expert or just want to see some of the most amazing and exciting…
Amid political upheaval, Barcelona revels in the reinvigorated legacy of Catalan master Antoni Gaudí.
It’s doubtful Antoni Gaudí ever contemplated the perfect selfie. But the Catalan architect’s dizzying oeuvre, a phantasmagoria of shapes and colors, makes taking one almost irresistible. On a recent sunny day in Barcelona, crowds clamored toward the mosaic walls of Park Güell, smiling for the camera. And all around town, arms stretched up to snap Gaudí’s unfinished Sagrada Família, an omnipresent masterpiece with melting façades and spires topped by hulking cranes. More than 135 years in the making, the basilica is now a decade away from completion—a milestone some thought might never come.
Until then, Gaudí fans can delight in some more happy news: the restoration of Casa Vicens, the architect’s very first residential project (a UNESCO World Heritage Site).
The largest Art Nouveau complex in the world is a Barcelona hospital with a 600-year-long history.
Stained glass windows, arches, paintings, and mosaics illuminated by massive windows that offer natural light in buildings surrounded by impeccable landscaping and ornate statues of gargoyles and angels aren’t often indicative of hospital aesthetics. But Sant Pau in Barcelona, with a history that dates back six centuries, is a worthwhile detour from traditional medical architecture.
In the late 19th century, Barcelona was expanding beyond its old city walls, and beyond the Hospital de la Santa Creuwhich had served the city since the early 1400s. In 1896 a wealthy Catalan banker named Pau Gil i Serra died, leaving behind a will that requested his estate be used for a new hospital that would utilize the newest available medical technology.
The world’s largest cardiovascular congress with over 500 experts sessions and 11 000 abstracts contributing to global awareness of the latest clinical trials and breakthrough discoveries.
When you are not in sessions or networking in the congress centre, or if you have an extra day to spare after the ESC Congress 2017, absolute “must see” in Barcelona are the still unfinished Basilica de la Sagrada Familia and, less well known but of equal importance, the Hospital de La Santa Creu i Sant Pau. Both are remarkable in their own way and definitely worth taking time to visit.
Antoni Gaudi (born in 1852 and frequently struck by bouts of rheumatic fever during childhood) the founder of Modernism in Catalonia, is the architect of the Sagrada Familia, la Casa Batllo and La Pedrera among many other buildings in Barcelona.
Teatro la Fenice, Venice, Italy
On top of being drop-dead gorgeous, Venice’s famed opera house (above) has some serious history going for it. The theater has hosted world premieres for composers like Verdi, Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti, and Stravinsky (look ‘em up, they’re legit) since it first opened in 1792. It’s also suffered a number of catastrophes-including a fire as recent as 1996-but it’s still going strong in its 223rd season.
Seebühne, Bregenz, Austria
“Seebühne” means “sea stage” in German, and it’s a fitting title, since this theater is floating on the GD water. The Bregenz Festival first began staging productions on Lake Constance in 1946, and eventually built a stage in 1950. The Seebühne now hosts everything from The Magic Flute to West Side Story, but no matter the show, you can count on some insane sets.