Hospital of Maudes
|Hospital of Maudes|
Spanish: Hospital de Maudes, El Hospital de Jornaleros de San Francisco de Paula
|Official name: Hospital de Maudes|
The building is faced in white limestone. The eclectic architecture presents some similarities to the Cybele Palace, which was designed by the same partnership. For example, both buildings present a skyline dominated by towers. In the case of the Hospital de Maudes, the towers of the church are particularly prominent, but there are towers elsewhere in the complex.
The complex is surrounded by a wall and includes some garden areas which were intended to aid the recuperation of patients. The design of the courtyards is possibly influenced by the Hostal dos Reis Católicos, a building with which Palacios, who was born in Galicia, would have been familiar.
Maudes was the name of the locality in which the hospital is situated. It was also known as the hospital of the jornaleros, day labourers, being intended for the use of the poorer classes of Madrid. After the Civil War it became a military hospital. It fell into disuse in 1970. The property, apart from the church, was subsequently acquired by the Community of Madrid.
The centenary of the building was celebrated in 2016 with guided visits and concerts.
- Hospital de Jornaleros antoniopalacions.es. 2016
- Iglesias Veiga, Xose (1994). "Contenidos regionalistas en la arquitectura de Antonio Palacios en Galicia". Espacio, Tiempo y Forma. VII.
- Fraguas, Rafael (May 2016). "El hospital de Maudes cumple 100 años". El País. Retrieved 14 July 2016.
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