After an exhausitng visit to Sagrada Familia walk along Avinguda Gaudi,enjoy some tapas on the little terraces spread lenghtwise and offers to yourself a moment of leisure visiting this masterpiece of modernism.Built in 1901 by Lluis Domenech i Montaner, it includes 46 small pavilions ,each to a medical specialty, small castles with floral ornamentation .Stone, mosaic, marble,brick and ceramics were used.
The entire complex is a combinations of spaces,colours and shapes with science at highest level
This is another beautiful piece of architecture in Barcelona. It's really beautiful on the inside & out. You feel kind of weird going inside of a hospital as a tourist attraction, though. It's still in use today.
The Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau has reached its 600th anniversary. Ever since it came into being, in 1401, the Hospital has constantly evolved. Its original goal -"to serve the poor and the pilgrims in Christian charity"- has been adapted to our times -"to be a hospital that is open to society and to its health-care setting, client-focussed, competitive and dynamic". The building, originally located in carrer Hospital, in the heart of Barcelona, was relocated in 1930 when the current hospital, now in carrer Sant Antoni Maria Claret, was officially opened. On 12 December, 2000 a further step was taken when the first stone of what will be the New Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau was laid.
In 1997 Unesco proclamed This Hospital Patrimony of Humanity
Visit a hospital while on vacation! I know you'd rather not. But you should see this one. One doesn't understand how somebody can be ill in such an environment. I has beautiful architecture, just as the rest of Barcelona. But you still should go and see it. It's free to enter and you can just walk on the hospitalgrounds. I don't know if you can enter the building. We didn't, because we didn't liked being a tourist between all those ill people.
The hospital was built in the nineteenth century. First the hospital was situated in what is now the Biblioteca Nacional de Catalunya (the Catalan National Library).
When U think of an Hospital you imagine a huge impersonnal white building with many litthe windows... this one will change your ideas about Hospitals! More like a fairy tale town, this many buildings located near the Sagrada Familia church look like an architecture museum.
Everywhere you look at there are wonderful modernist buildings, pavillions, roofs, tiles...
And is FREE, as it is a working hospital, you don't have to pay (or be ill LOL) to enter. There are guided tours too.
Don't miss the underground tunels connecting all the pavilllions. They were used as shelter during the Civil War.
If you like Gaudi architecture and modernism of Barcelona, why not walking just a few more from Sagrada Familia to get to Hospital de St. Pau? In my oppinion, is better than SaFa, a jewell of architecture and city planning. The architect was Domenech i Muntaner, the same of Palau de la Musica, another must to visit in BCN.
This hospital is not only a building, it's a whole little city with parks, avenues and different pavillions to stroll around...
Nowadays, there are guided tours inside. Only weekends at the morning, every 1/2 hour.
The hospital is still working today, but there is a new building where this year they are moving everything, and the old area will remain as cultural spot.
After your visit to Sagrada Familia I raccomend you visit this wonderful work by the architect Domenech i Montaner. Behind the main building you can take a walk and see the numerous pavilions with the colourful potter roofs shining with the sun light. You won't regreat it, I'm sure.
Sant Pau Hospital...yes I know...too much beauty to be a hospital!
Little Modernist City in live! The 'Santa Creu i Sant Pau' Hospital was an union of the old six hospitals in Barcelona's city. This was administer by Church & City. The first building was that nowadays is Catalonian National Library (gothic art). The architect was Lluís Domènech i Montaner with more artists as Pau Gargallo, Eusebi Arnau, Francesc Labarta & Mario Maragliano. Was here were the famous architect Antoni Gaudi died 10th July 1926 killed by a tram. UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE!!!
Other modernist places of interest
You can also visit Hospital de San Pablo (yes, I know, it's a hospital) with characteristical curved shapes style and Sagrada Familia Temple, maybe one of the most visited places in Barcelona.
we walked by without knowing what it was.. we were coming from the Sagrada Familia and were going to Park Guell on foot
i like this example of modernism
walking up from Sagrada Familia by Avinguda Gaudi you find this wonderful modernista hospital, many building, the main is in the picture.
I was walking about the BCN when I came across this beautiful hospital. I spent many hours wandering inside ...
Lluís Domènech i Montaner and his son Pere Domènech built the Hospital Sant Pau, a Modernist hospital made of several pavilions in 10 hectares. The picture shows the main entrance to the Hospital.