Discover the unknown places of Barcelona
Sagrada Família, Barça, Olymplic Games contributed to make Barcelona a well-known city around the world. But yet, this city is much more than that.
Barcelona is full of life and is going through numerous urban, social and political changes. If we think of architecture, it is a never ending story and in many cases we can find some unknown spots like Pedralbes Monastery. Although its beauty, very few people visits it. modernism plays an important part in the city, therefore it is really worth a visit to the Modernist Sant Pau Complex and to stroll along modernist streets in Barcelona. DHUB has the most avantgarde art. And from Montjuïc castle you can have breathtaking views.
Pedralbes Monestery: the splendorous Catalan Gothic architecture left a jewel wich is unknown to most of the people, Monestir de Pedralbes. It is located in the upper side of Barcelona and it is just a kind of a hidden treasure in this big city.
The monastery was built in 1326 under the reign of Elisenda Montcada, where she went to live after her husband´s death, king Jaume II. This building hosts the nuns of ST Clare. Monestir de Pedralbes was built in 13 months and it has sufered just a few transformations. This gives it a uniformity of style which is difficult to find in other similar buildings. Moreover, it still preserves its installations perfectly and it has various elements wich remind us of the monestery life held years ago. Moreover, it has one of the most harmonius and spacious cloisters of its style. It also hosts numerous pieces of art, liturgical objects and furniture the comunity has gathered for centuries.
It is, without a doubt, an impressive monument thet offers you the opportunity to travel to the past and toget in touch with the most current spots of the religious life.
Sant Pau Hospital: really close to Sagrada Família there is a majestic and splendorous spot, the modernist Hospital de Sant Pau. As soon as you enter this complex, history and architecture brings you to the early 20th century, when Barcelona was living its mayor urban development. It was awarded World Heritage status by UNESCO in 1997 and its artistic value goes beyond its location and it gets a new international dimension. This makes it in the most important of its kind in Europe a true reference in the city.
The Modernist Sant Pau Complex, built between 1905 and 1930, was designed by Lluís Domènech i Montaner as a garden city for nursing the sick. The Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, was established in 1401 after merging six hospitals in Barcelona. Hospital de Santa Creu, as it was called at that time, was set in the centre of the city, at current Raval quarter, in one of the most important buildings built in gothic style.
At the end of the 19th century, the old building building became small and old-fashioned; so it was necessary to change it. The new hospital was an ambitious project inspired in the new trends of that time. It coul be built thanks to Barcelona townhall and Pau Gil i Serra`s legacy. As his patron left written in his last will, the new hospital was called Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau. After more than 80 years of sanitary work there, it changed location again in 2009. This time it was set at at the north east side of the complex. It stated the beginning of a new époque for the historical sites designed by Domènech i Montaner.
Desing Hub Barcelona: it seems from a different time, even from a different galaxy. The Design Hub building in Barcelona, built by Oriol Bohigas and David Mackay, and set in Plaça de les Glòries, breaths art all around it.
This new museum holds about 70.000 objects, from thimbles to carriages. Only 2.000 pieces are displayed wich show the decorative arts evolution into design and contemporany author´s arts wich has always been one of the greatest attractions of Barcelona.
Montjuïc Castle: mediaval catalan history is closely linked to the city and el Castell de Montjuïc is a great witness of it. Its origins go back to the Reaper's War in 1640, when Catalonia became a Republic.
This fortress was used as a defence for the city, but it was also used as a military prison up to 1960. The castle has enormous moats, impressive walls, a parade ground and a lot of gardens around. But, with no doubt, the best part of all are its views.