UNESCO sites worth visiting – Palau Guell and Sant Pau

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In recent weeks I have had the opportunity to visit two UNESCO sites. The Palau Guell is one of Antonio Gaudi’s early works and his first assignment for the wealthy businessman, Eusebi Guell, who had this house built as a family home and later commissioned the impressive Park Guell. The Sant Pau Hospital is a collection of modernist buildings designed by Luis Domenech i Montaner, also well known for the Palau de la Musica.

Both sites have been awarded UNESCO world heritage status, but they are often overlooked as people wait in line to see La Sagrada Familia or la Casa Batllo.

I can recommend both visits for a number of reasons.

Entrance Palau Guell

The Palau Guell is perhaps less spectacular than the other Gaudi sites, but the craftsmanship and details are fantastic.  The ticket price includes an audio tour, which offers additional information on each of the rooms. It all felt very relaxed and I quickly made my way up to the rooftop and then took my time coming back down. For those of you familiar with The Passenger, this is the Gaudi building where the two main characters meet at the beginning of the movie.

Rooftop Palau Guell

A few weeks back we visited the Sant Pau Modernist buildings, taking advantage of the annual “night of museums” when the museums stay open till 1.00 am. This was something special as there were jazz musicians playing in the gardens, creating a festive atmosphere as some people explored the buildings whilst others just enjoyed the music. I love the space and the opportunity to visit several buildings.

Sant Pau Hospital