Palau Sant Jordi
The icon of Olympic Barcelona
Considered to be the gem of the Montjuïc Olympic Ring, which also includes facilities like the Olympic Stadium and the Bernat Picornell Pools, this building was erected for the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games. Designed by the Japanese architect Arata Isozaki, it is considered to be a masterpiece of modern architecture and engineering.
Why visit the Palau Sant Jordi?
It is currently the most used Olympic facility in Barcelona. 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.
It is Barcelona’s largest indoor facility. Its dome 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, from concerts to sports events. It has even been transformed into a motocross track and a temporary swimming pool for the world swimming championships. The space has a capacity for 16,159 seated spectators at sports events and a maximum capacity of 17,960 people at concerts.
In recent years the stages erected at Palau Sant Jordi have played host to music’s biggest stars, who especially appreciate its excellent acoustics. This explains why Bruce Springsteen chose his Palau Sant Jordi concert from October 2002 for the official DVD of his world tour.
Concerts in Palau Sant Jordi
Palau Sant Jordi along with Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys makes up what is known as the “Olympus of culture in Barcelona”,and world-class artists have performed there.Yet, in addition to being a venue for concerts and international tours of musical artists, from its inception until the present day, Palau Sant Jordi has also hosted such renowned sporting events as the Davis Cup, the FIBA Basketball World Cup and Olympic exhibitions, to name just a few.
Discover Sant Jordi Club
The Sant Jordi Club, just behind Palau Sant Jordi, is one of the smallest concert halls of the complex that was inaugurated in 2007. It is used for medium-size events and has a maximum capacity of 4,620.The Sala Barcelona ’92 annex to Palau Sant Jordi is known for hosting gala dinners and corporate functions.
The facilities at Sant Jordi Club are modern and renovated. A concert hall now joins the offer of spaces for musical events in Barcelona.
Palau Sant Jordi tickets and upcoming events schedule
The complete upcoming concerts and events schedule, online ticket purchase and information of interest to visitors are available on the official web page of Palau Sant Jordi, Barcelona.
For the most curious of you
- Did you know? In addition to Bruce Springsteen, Palau Sant Jordi has hosted leading international performers like U2, Queen, Coldplay, Shakira, Madonna, Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Elton John; and Spanish performers like Joan Manuel Serrat, David Bisbal and Alejandro Sanz.
- Local’s tip: At the exit to Palau Sant Jordi take a moment to appreciate 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.
- A must: To enjoy shows of all kinds in a unique space.