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.
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. Consult its programme!