Palau de la Música Catalana and Hospital de Sant Pau, Barcelona

Province of Barcelona, Autonomous Community of Catalonia
N41 23 16.008 E2 10 30
Date of Inscription: 1997
Minor boundary modification inscribed year: 2008
Criteria: (i)(ii)(iv)
Property : 6.87 ha
Buffer zone: 24.88 ha
Ref: 804bis
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These are two of the finest contributions to Barcelona’s architecture by the Catalan art nouveau architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner. The Palau de la Música Catalana is an exuberant steel-framed structure full of light and space, and decorated by many of the leading designers of the day. The Hospital de Sant Pau is equally bold in its design and decoration, while at the same time perfectly adapted to the needs of the sick.

The Committee decided to inscribe these two properties on the basis of criteria (i), (ii) and (iv), considering that the Palau de la Música Catalana and the Hospital de Sant Pau in Barcelona are masterpieces of the imaginative and exuberant Art Nouveau that flowered in early 20th century Barcelona.

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Barcelona is Spain’s second largest city, with a population of nearly two million people, and the capital of Catalonia. A major port on the northeastern Mediterranean coast of Spain, Barcelona has a wide variety of attractions that bring in tourists from around the globe. The many faces of Barcelona include the medieval Old Town, and the unique street grid resulting from 19th-century urban planning. The city has long sandy beaches and green parks on the hills, pretty much side-by-side. It is also famous for a number of prominent buildings, of which the most-known are by the architect Antoni Gaudí, including his Sagrada Família, which became Barcelona’s symbol to many. Founded more than 2,000 years ago as the ancient Roman town Barcino, Barcelona is as historic as it is modern, with a constant flow of projects changing the face of the city and long-standing penchant for design and innovation. Thanks to the wealth of attractions, a very well-developed accommodation base, a lively nightlife and a robust transportation system, Barcelona has become one of Europe’s, and pretty much the world’s, most popular tourist destinations [read more].

L’Hospitalet de Llobregat isn’t a beautiful city. It’s a “bedroom town” southwest of Barcelona. It’s the second biggest in Catalonia by population. It’s important for being one of the most dense cities in Spain and also in the European Union. This town doesn’t have anything special. It doesn’t have its own identity and personality. When people in L’Hospitalet want to go shopping or have fun, they travel to Barcelona where they find the charm that you miss in l’Hospitalet. The weather here is good. L’Hospitalet is a Mediterranean town and its climate is wet and warm. It sometimes rains a few days, normally in the spring and in the autumn. The winter isn’t very cold and it hardly ever snows. The summer is sunny, but also very wet, so it feels hotter than it really is. People that don’t live in l’Hospitalet maybe know it for its big hospital Residencia de Bellvitge, and for its Hotel Hesperia Tower, a skyscraper [read more].

Tarragona is the first large seaside town south of Barcelona. The town also offers a number of historical sites including churches from several different periods and a well preserved Roman colosseum. The town itself has the usual Spanish assortment of plazas sprinkled with cafes and tapas bars. Tarragona is a good choice if you only have a day or two to get out of Barcelona, otherwise the beaches further south or the remoter seaside villages to the north of Barcelona offer a more unique experience. Many of Tarragona’s sites are within walking distance of the train station. Taxis and local trains can take you further. Befitting a city that’s existed for over 2,000 years, there are a number of historical sites to see in Tarragona. One of the most beautiful parts of city is the narrow old streets of the Casc Antic, or Medieval Quarter, particularly near the cathedral. The Roman city, Tarraco, was one of the Roman Empire’s most important cities in Spain and a provincial capital [read more].

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