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Networking fuera del the CCCB
Every day, after the GEN Summit sessions, GEN invites you to visit emblematic buildings of Barcelona: Palau de la Generalitat, La Pedrera / Casa Milà and FC Barcelona's Camp Nou. All fees (transport and passes) are included in your ticket purchase. Below you will find a preview of the buildings we will be taking you to. Just as a reminder, there will be the biggest electronic music festival in Europe called Sonar happening over the weekend following the Summit.
El Palau de la Generalitat - 11 June
Founded in the early 15th century, the Palau de la Generalitat is open on limited occasions only (the second and fourth weekends of the month, plus open-door days). The most impressive of the ceremonial halls is the Saló de Sant Jordi , named after St George, the region's patron saint. At any time, however, you can admire the original Gothic main entrance on Carrer del Bisbe. To join weekend visits, book on the website.
Marc Safont designed the original Gothic main entrance on Carrer del Bisbe. The modern main entrance on Plaça de Sant Jaume is a late-Renaissance job with neoclassical leanings. If you wander by in the evening, squint up through the windows into the Saló de Sant Jordi (Hall of St George) and you will get some idea of the sumptuousness of the interior.
If you do get inside, you’re in for a treat. Normally you will have to enter from Carrer de Sant Sever. The first rooms you pass through are characterised by low vaulted ceilings. From here you head upstairs to the raised courtyard known as the Pati dels Tarongers, a modest Gothic orangery (opened about once a month for concert performances of the palace’s chimes). The 16th-century Sala Daurada i de Sessions, one of the rooms leading off the patio, is a splendid meeting hall lit up by huge chandeliers. Still more imposing is the Renaissance Saló de Sant Jordi, the murals of which were added last century – many an occasion of pomp and circumstance takes place here. Finally, you descend the staircase of the Gothic Pati Central to leave by what was, in the beginning, the building’s main entrance.
La Pedrera / Casa Milà - 12 June (TBC)
This undulating beast is another madcap Gaudí masterpiece, built in 1905-10 as a combined apartment and office block. Formally called Casa Milà, after the businessman who commissioned it, it is better known as La Pedrera (the Quarry) because of its uneven grey stone facade, which ripples around the corner of Carrer de Provença.
Pere Milà had married the older and far richer Roser Guardiola, the wealthy widow of Josep Guardiola, and knew how to spend his new wife's money – Milà was one of the city’s first car owners and Gaudí built parking space into this building, itself a first. When commissioned to design this apartment building, Gaudí wanted to top anything else done in l’Eixample.
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Camp Nou - 13 June
The Camp Nou is currently the largest stadium in Europe with a 98,000-seater capacity. Barcelona won 4 times Champions league, 22 times the Spanish championship 'la Ligua'; 26 times la 'copa del Rey'. Football legends such as Messi, Ronaldinho, Maradona, Cruff, Ronaldo who all won the Ballon d’or played for FC Barcelona. During this visit, you will be able to visit the museum, trophy room, multimedia area, Messi Area and do the stadium tour: this includes visits to the visitors’ changing rooms, players’ tunnel, mixed zone, pressroom and the Camp Nou playing field.
On 1 July 2009 the stadium held the launch of the U2 360° Tour, which was attended to the maximum capacity of 90,000 people. The lead singer of U2, Bono, explained that they had started their tour in Camp Nou since “This is where we wanted to build a space station, designed by Gaudi in the capital of surrealism." The concert ended with Bono wearing an FC Barcelona jersey.