May this building remind you of another one? You are right. The architects Antonio Palacios and Joaquín Otamendi, who designed the Palacio de Cibeles city hall, did this one too. Look at those familiar towers seen in Cibeles Palace. Take a breath, its full name is “Hospital de Jornaleros de San Francisco de Paula”, commonly abbreviated to Hospital de Maudes (the street behind it).
Hospital de Maudes is a slightly unknown construction built between 1908 and 1916. The facades shows limestone and nice ceramics from Daniel Zuloaga (uncle of famous Basque painter Ignacio Zuloaga) with pink and green tiles. The complex is divided into four gallery shaped blade plant. It even has a church on one side.
It was designed and built as a hospital for free health care dispensed to laborers. It has been many different kinds of hospital through the years. A hospital during the Spanish Civil War and nowadays, after having been restaurated in 1984, it’s the home of the Ministry of Transport. In 1976 it was declared a National Monument.
Hospital de Maudes is uptown, near Cuatro Caminos neighbourhood, close to the long street Bravo Murillo and the even larger Paseo de la Castellana.