THE CONGRESS HEADQUARTERS
THE BUILDING: ANCIENT HOSPITAL OF SANTA MARÍA
The Public Foundation Institut d'Estudis Ilerdencs of the Diputació de Lleida has its headquarters in the old building of the hospital of Santa Maria. Located in the middle of the historical commercial center of the city of Lleida, this building is one of the best preserved exponents of Catalan Gothic Gothic art (S.XV-XVI).
Created to amalgamate the seven existing private hospitals in medieval Lleida, the general hospital of Santa María was started in 1454, under the auspices of the paers of the city and the Queen Mary, wife of Alfons el Magnànim.
Although the process of the works was characterized by numerous paralyzes (the building was not finished until the first half of the sixteenth century), the overall volume is marked by homogeneity.
Of the whole building, it is necessary to emphasize the central patio, of square structure, balanced proportions and of two levels of height, where it emphasizes the noble stairs of access to the top floor and the gallery of pointed arches.
In the noble and austere facades, there are large rectangular windows that illuminate the two upper floors of the building.
Also it is necessary to mention that the decoration was reserved to ornament the main façade presided over by a Gothic image of the Virgin Mary, title of the hospital, sculptural piece today deposited to the Museum of Lleida. The sculpture also incorporates three Catalan coats of arms, work attributed to Bertran de la Borde (1462-1485).
In the central courtyard, from the architectural point of view, the stone staircase completely covered and the gallery of arches that surrounds the building is surprising.
The plant and general elevations of the building was the result of the work of artists emerged from the work of Seu Vella, specifically Jordi Safont and Jaume Borrell.
The hospital, like the rest of monumental buildings in Lleida, suffered the consequences of the War of Succession: although it was created to be a public and civil hospital, Felipe V used half of its space to become a military hospital, a function under which Remained until 1854 when it was returned to exclusively civilian use.
In 1915 the building became property of the Lleida Provincial Council, which was used for purely cultural purposes. In 1928, the building was declared a National Interest Monument and it will be in 1942 when the Public Foundation Institut d'Estudis Ilerdencs was created and the old hospital of Santa Maria being given as a place in perpetuity.
This year we celebrate the 75th anniversary of our institution.
In Lleida you will discover a different way to enjoy leisure and culture, as well as to buy and taste the gastronomy. Lleida will make you live many things, but, above all, it will make you feel many more. Lleida is the capital of the region of the Segrià and of the demarcation that brings the same name. It is the most important demographic and economic center of inland Catalonia. It bases its economy on the agri-food sector and services of all kinds.
The commercial activity, of great tradition and rooted to the city, extends throughout the region of Segrià and its neighboring regions. The cultural facilities - such as the new University Campus - of the highest level and inaugurated in recent years, have greatly boosted the cultural life of the city.
Lleida is a modern, culturally active city, well communicated and situated in a unique natural environment.
Lleida enjoys the privilege of hosting, in its layout, natural spaces as important as the natural park of the Mitjana - an ecosystem of great natural and ecological value, the park of the river Segre or Els Camps Elisis, as well as l'Horta, the Green belt that surrounds the city. This natural culture has made Lleida grow with environmental and quality values within the framework of a sustainable city.
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Lleida is the capital of an extensive region located in the western end of Catalonia called the Segrià and which owes its name to the river that crosses it: the Segre. Lleida is the authentic economic and demographic motor of the interior Catalonia.
Pampered by history, the streets of Lleida, host countless monumental and cultural treasures that coexist with the activity and initiative of a modern city that looks to the future.
Visit it all, but do not forget that this is a city crowned by two splendid castles: the one of the Seu Vella and the Templer of Gardeny. And if you also like art, you can not miss the visit to the Museum of Lleida and the modern equipment of the Llotja de Lleida - Theater and Congress Center of the city.
La Seu Vella
-Also known as "the Castle of Lleida" - is the monument with which, undoubtedly, is identified in the city of Lleida.
The Castle Templer of Gardeny
The monumental set of Gardeny is one of the most outstanding witnesses of the Templar architecture erected in Catalonia during the second half of the 12th century.
Museum of Lleida
The great museum reference of Lleida. More than 7,000 square meters of the history of Lleida. A history that takes prehistory as a starting point and that reaches the contemporary era.