There’s an omnipresent space on the events calendar in Barcelona. We’re talking about Palau Sant Jordi, a multi-disciplinary center that has hosted all kinds of sports events, concerts, and spectacles over the past three decades. But, apart from its obvious useful qualities, the Palau Sant Jordi is a building of great architectural beauty that it’s worth the time to get to know. Below, we’ll tell you a little more about its history and a few key facts. The Palau Sant Jordi is located 30 min away by walk from our boutique hotel near Montjuic.
History of the Palau Sant Jordi
Situated on the Passeig Olimpic, Palau Sant Jordi was built for the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona. It was designed by the Japanese architect Arata Isozaki and is currently the largest covered building in the capital city.
This sports palace always stands out to visitors who pass through the area. This is thanks to the enormous cupola, reminiscent of a turtle. The design is actually an homage to Gaudí, referencing a recurrent shape in his work.
The Palau Sant Jordi became the main covered arena during those Olympics. The true challenge was to continue to be a landmark, something it has achieved and surpassed.