LA MATERNITAT & SANT RAMON: HOME OF LARGE FACILITIES.
The origin of this neighborhood's name is the union of the names of the two major urban cores: San Ramon and la Casa de la Maternidad y Expósitos.
In 1935, the parish church of San Ramón Nonato was built in a neo-Romanesque style, by well-known architect Enric Sagnier.
Between 1889 and 1898, the Barcelona Provincial Council commissioned the architect Camil Oliveras i Gensana to design the Casa de la Maternidad y Expósitos, and medical center and public facility that took care of abandoned children, cases of secret maternities, and provided medical care.
Today, the complex continues to carry out some of these original functions, as well as housing offices for the Diputación (Barcelona’s Provincial Government), the University of Barcelona, and also a public school. The original gardens are also open to the public and have been transformed into an urban park.
This area has many educational and metropolitan sporting facilities, such as the Zona Universitaria (where many of Barcelona’s universities have their campuses), the F.C. Barcelona football stadium, the Royal Polo Club of Barcelona, and the David Lloyd Turó tennis club, among others.
The neighborhood’s residential area is located in its southeast corner, between the streets Carretera de Collblanc and Gran Via de Carles III, and contains diverse types of architecture, including varying building typologies, such as apartment blocks and apartment buildings and homes from the early 20th century.
Points of Interest & Landmarks
- Camp Nou: the FC Barcelona football sporting complex and the largest one in Europe in capacity terms, for almost 100.000 people (C/ d'Arístides Maillol 12)
- Casa de la Maternidad y Expósitos: medical complex built between the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. It consists of various modernist architectural pavilions and spacious gardens, now converted into a public park. (Travessera de les Corts 159)