Palau Sant Jordi is not just a well-known symbol of Spanish and Catalan sport, and a regular venue for other kinds of events.
It will always be remembered as one of the most popular buildings that was constructed especially for the 1992 Olympic Games. A living monument of a momentous event that would change the Catalan capital forever.
The multi-purpose arena has been the venue for all kinds of different events, from world-class sports meetings to music concerts and cultural activities. It is considered to be the jewel of the Olympic Ring, located on the mountain of Montjuïc together with the other facilities that were specially built or renovated for the 1992 Games.
It was built in 1990 by the Japanese architect, Arata Isozaki, and was the main sports arena during the Olympics, hosting competitions such as the artistic gymnastics and volleyball. It was also home to the Paralympic Games, which took place in the same year. Today it is not only famous as a venue for sports events, but also for hosting concerts of international stars such as Madonna, Frank Sinatra, Bruce Springsteen and Beyoncé.
Its privileged setting, nestling amidst the green of Montjuic, and all the history that has been written beneath its distinctive roof, makes it the star of the sports facilities of the Olympic Ring and a place of pilgrimage for tourists, travellers and residents alike.