Monday April 14th, Barcelona
This was our last full day in Barcelona and we still had a couple of major sites we wanted to get to. One was a music museum and the other a hospital, both designed by the same architect, Lluís Domènech i Montaner, both beautiful in their own way, and both UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Built between 1905 – 1908, this Art Nouveau building was constructed as a home for the local Catalan choir, Orfeó Català. The concert auditorium has a large organ taking center stage, but the highlight of the room is the huge, brilliantly colored glass skylight.
And at the end of the tour a much-needed cappuccino, with the appropriate clef note musical symbol adornment on top.
Built over three decades from 1901 – 1930, this hospital was in full operation until June 2009. Currently it is being restored for use as a museum and a cultural center.
Facing the ocean, the front part of the hospital received fresh on-shore breezes. Patients were segregated, with one side for men and the other side for women. Open air gardens were throughout the complex to provide a nice ambiance to aid in patient healing.
“…it was essential to be able to give sick people a feeling of well-being and beauty, which would most certainly contribute to an early convalescence, as according to him beauty has therapeutic value.” ~ whc.unesco.org
GRATITUDE MOMENT: Today I am grateful that my pants are fitting a little looser. I think all this walking is good for me.
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