Hospital de Maudes, Madrid

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The Hospital of Maudes is a former hospital located in Madrid, Spain. It is a complex of buildings including a church. The buildings are linked apart from accommodation for infectious diseases.ArchitectureThe 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 church has an entrance directly onto the street, but otherwise the complex is surrounded by a wall. There are 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.HistoryMaudes 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.ConservationIt was declared Bien de Interés Cultural in 1979. It has been renovated by the Community of Madrid.
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  • It is a set of buildings built basically in stone in the early twentieth century. I have visited the beautiful Parish of Santa Maria del Silencio.
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  • Its original name is Hospital de San Francisco de Paula or Hospital de Jornaleros, since the intention of the benefactor who donated the land and paid for its construction, Dña Dolores Romero (widow of a hardware entrepreneur) was free healthcare to the workers. The working-class district of Cuatro Caminos, where the land was located, was then part of the periphery of Madrid, so it was considered the ideal location for this function within the principles of fraternity in the late nineteenth century. After convening a competition, the winning project was that of the young architects Antonio Palacios and Joaquín Otamendi, who were in charge of its construction between 1908-1916. The materials used were white and silica limestone, granite, marble and slate (all of good quality), while the decoration was ceramic, following the technique of "trencadís" popularized by Gaudí and work of Daniel Zuluaga. Also noteworthy are the stained glass windows, modernist style, commissioned by the famous French house Maumejean. The design of the building, inspired by the Vienna of the "secessionist" movement of the early twentieth century, follows the panoptic model: four blade-shaped or star-shaped galleries that meet in a central roundabout. He pioneered an external consultation pavilion (now converted into an exhibition hall with entrance on Alenza Street), a nursing home and gardens for the walk of the sick and companions. Another novelty for the time was the complete cycle of care, until the total restoration of the patient. Its history is also interesting: during the Civil War it became Hospital de Sangre, then in Military Hospital of The ER until its total abandonment in 1970, passing through its use as a junkyard or occasional homeless ness. Until 1972 it is not declared of Cultural Interest, although the speculation of the time makes fear for its future in an area already in demand, so that the neighbors are actively mobilized under the motto "Salvad Maudes". We have to wait until 1997 for it to be incorporated into the catalogue of protected buildings with special degree within the Madrid Urban Planning Plan. It was acquired at public auction by the Community of Madrid in 1984 and was rehabilitated by Andrés Perea. It is currently the seat of one of the Ministry of the Community of Madrid and is not easily visitable (except in case you need some administrative management). The Maudes Hospital is a good example of the azacrude history of urban is in Madrid. Even if only it was for that, it deserves to be known.
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  • Seen from outside, very striking and interesting. It makes You want to visit it....
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  • A marvel of building. The Church is beautiful!
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