• Sant Pau Recinte Modernista i Parc del Laberint
  • Sant Pau Recinte Modernista i Parc del Laberint
  • Sant Pau Recinte Modernista i Parc del Laberint
  • Sant Pau Recinte Modernista i Parc del Laberint
  • Sant Pau Recinte Modernista i Parc del Laberint
  • Sant Pau Recinte Modernista i Parc del Laberint
  • Sant Pau Recinte Modernista i Parc del Laberint

Sant Pau Recinte Modernista i Parc del Laberint

Resum

Resum

El districte d’Horta-Guinardó té un caràcter molt marcat degut a la Vila d’Horta, que fou un municipi independent de Barcelona fins l’any 1904. Les activitats que s’hi feien antigament, principalment l’agricultura i la bugaderia, van definir la fesomia del districte fins la seva annexió a la ciutat de Barcelona i la posterior expansió que hi va haver durant els Jocs Olímpics.

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Publicat per Rowan916 - 15 jun 2015

“World heritage site off the beaten track in Barcelona” 5/5 stars

By some great fortune, we learned of a new tour offered by the Barcelona Bureau of Tourism: the Labyrinth Tour, which actually includes multiple sites in the Horta district of Barcelona. Beginning with a convenient tour bus pickup at Placa Catalunya, the first stop was the Unesco World Heritage site of the hospital complex of Sant Pau, within direct sight of the Sagrada Familia. The complex, whose function has been replaced by an adjacent modern hospital, is a marvel of ornamental yet thoughtful genius by Gaudi's primary architectural competitor, Lluis Domènech i Muntaner. Domenech got the commission for the hospital and Gaudi did not, but the results are magnificent and enthralling, both inside and out. The central surgery building and the constellation of administrative and patient pavilions, men's pavilions on one side and women's on the other, are stylistically cohesive and imaginative with a myriad of details and variations in tile, form and sculpture in the art nouveau/neo-gothic traditions. Sounds incoherent, but it really works. It is simply breathtaking.

The second site visited on the tour was the former estate and gardens of the Desvalls family, including romantic and classical gardens and an elaborate labyrinth on a hillside overlooking Barcelona and the sea. The old mansion appears nearly derelict but still charming, and the heavily wooded property and gardens are exquisite and refreshing. Fountains, classical sculpture, and formal plantings contribute to the serenity of the site. It should be mentioned that neither the Sant Pau hospital complex nor the Labyrinth gardens seem not to be on the highway of tourist destinations in Barcelona… we were not part of a dense pack of tourists at any point in this tour, which was refreshing in itself.

Finally, we drove through the Horta district to the core of the village of Horta where we again left the bus and strolled through the old town and market. Although since swallowed up by Barcelona's urban growth, Horta was a town of gardens and laundries that serviced Barcelona well into the mid-20th century. Much of the village charm endures.

This tour was excellent, and I highly commend the Barcelona Tourist Bureau for its conception – it is another way to learn about Barcelona and its history as well as its remarkable architectural legacy.

Visited May 2015
Reviewed on tripadvisor by Rowan from Oregon, USA

Des de 450€