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Palau Sant Jordi

A masterpiece of modern architecture and engineering

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The jewel of the Olympic Ring is a palace whose mechanised structure can be adapted to house all types of events. Designed by the Japanese architect Arata Isozaki for the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games, its construction was an engineering marvel.

Why visit the Palau Sant Jordi?

The Palau Sant Jordi is Barcelona’s largest indoor facility. It was designed as a multipurpose space by the Japanese architect Arata Isozaki, who designed its mechanised structure and materials to make it extremely flexible.

The dome that covers the palace was constructed on the ground before being raised with 12 hydraulic jacks over the course of 10 days. The versatile structure of the palace makes it ideal for all types of activities such as concerts, basketball championships and tennis matches. It has even been transformed into a motocross track and a temporary swimming pool for the world swimming championships. Palau Sant Jordi has a capacity for 16,159 seated spectators at sports events and a maximum capacity of 17,960 people at concerts.

The exterior of the palace features the sculpture "Change" by Aiko Miyawaki. It is a delicate set of 36 concrete cylinders crowned by metal rings and steel cables that produce a series of reflections that are especially impressive at twilight.

 

How do you get to the Palau Sant Jordi?

Hop off at the Anella Olímpica stop on the Red Route of Barcelona Bus Turístic to see this imposing palace in the shape of a turtle.

 

For the most curious of you

  • Did you know? In addition to its versatility, Palau Sant Jordi is famous for its excellent acoustics. An example of this is the fact that Bruce Springsteen chose his Palau Sant Jordi concert from October 2002 for the official DVD of his world tour.
  • Local’s tip: The best way to see Palau Sant Jordi is by enjoying one of its events. You can consult its programme here.
  • A must: To contemplate a chameleonic piece of architecture, an icon of Olympic Barcelona.