Hospital Sant Pau, Barcelona

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    A gem of "Modernisme"

    by Belsaita Updated Jun 22, 2011

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    The full name of this hospital is "Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau", but we usually call it simply "Sant Pau". You may find odd to visit a hospital just for tourism... but if you do it, you'll see is worth it! The complex is a masterpiece of the architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner, and in 1997, together with the Palau de la Música Catalana, it was declared World Heritage by UNESCO for its "singular architectural and artistic beauty".

    You'll see more pics at my travelogue: http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/i/97e0f/

    Update Jun 2011: currently the old hospital complex is still being restored, so virtually all the buildings are closed, as is the main central garden and other parts are under scaffolding. The main facade is already restored and you can access the church from the side entrance. In any case, as it's just a 10 minutes walk from Sagrada Familia, still is worth a visit, even if only for the exterior part.

    There are guided tours, from Monday to Sunday:
    English: 10.00 - 11:00 - 12:00 - 13:00
    Français: 10:30
    Castellano: 11:30
    Català: 12:30

    I did the guided tour a few weeks ago, you get inside one of the pavilions and they give very good explanations about the pace and its history. However, the most beautiful interior part is closed, and according our guide its restoration works will be not finished until 2013.


    Info office is open from 9:30 to 13:30, you can get your tickets and other info about the Modernista Route there.

    Pre-arranged visits can be organised for any time and day by phoning +34 933 177 652. Further information is available through the website www.rutadelmodernisme.com

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    Saint Paul Hospital -Hospital de San Pablo

    by spanishguy Updated Jul 13, 2006

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    St. Paul Hospital from Sagrada Familia
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    HOSPITAL OF THE HOLY CROSS AND SAINT PAUL
    This hospital, near from the Sagrada Familia temple, was built by Domènech i Montaner between 1901 and 1930. In spite of it's an interesting touristic spot in town it still runing as an hospital today. The different pavillions are decorated with mosaics depicting mythological characters and some Catalonian history episodes. The building is protected by UNESCO.

    HOSPITAL DE LA SANTA CRUZ Y DE SAN PABLO
    Este hospital, cerca del templo de la Sagrada Familia, fue construido por Domènech i Montaner entre 1901 y 1930. A pesar de ser un interesante lugar turístico continua siendo un hospital en la actualidad. Los diferentes pabellones que lo conforman están decorados con mosaicos representando personajes mitológicos y episodios de la historia catalana. El edificio está protegido por la UNESCO.

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    HISTORY ,SCIENCE AND ART

    by Dariana Written Sep 20, 2004

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    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

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    Hospital de la Santa Creu I de Sant Pau

    by MalenaN Written May 2, 2008

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    Together with The Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona, built by the same art nouveau architect, the hospital is a World Heritage Site. It is still a hospital in use but much of the medical practice is being moved to more modern buildings. Some of the pavilions on the site will become museums.
    The present hospital was constructed in the beginning of the 20th century by Lluis Domenech i Montaner. He did not like big hospitals but thought that fresh air and art would make the patients well quicker. He built 16 pavilions in a big garden. Between the pavilions there were corridors underground. The hospital has been decorated by several artists and there are statues, tilled roofs, mosaics and more.
    You can join a tour if you want to see more, but I only walked around in the grounds, which you can do anytime.

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    Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau

    by genispp Updated Dec 27, 2003

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    (11) Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau

    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

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    Hospital of the Holy Cross and Saint Paul

    by Raimix Updated Feb 6, 2011

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    The city hospital was designed by Domenech I Montaner in 1902, it is a mix of Moors brick design and modern style, structure is adorned by ceramics. For me it was one of the most impressive modern trend buildings in Barcelona, despite of a long way here from very central part of Barcelona (let say, Rambla), it is worth visiting.

    Here are quite much green areas around instead of more constructions of hospital. I have read that most of corridors are made as undergrounds to safe green area around.

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    Hospital Sant Pau

    by arlequin_g Written Jun 9, 2003

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    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.

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    St. Pau Hospital

    by SirRichard Written Sep 10, 2003

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    A courtyard

    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.

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    Sant Pau I Sant Creu Hospital.

    by Maurizioago Updated Feb 9, 2008

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    This working hospital is an Art Nouveau masterpiece by Lluis Domenech i Montaner. After his death the works were continued by his son. It was built between 1901 and 1930.

    It is made up of many pavillions; I think more than forty.

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  • The most Unhospital-like Hospital

    by ramot418 Written Mar 31, 2009

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    This is undoubtedly the most underrated site in Barcelona. Even here on VirtualTourist it is way down on the list of things to see. In my opinion, this is one of the most beautiful sites in the city. The facade of the main entrance building which you see as you approach the hospital from Av Gaudi is quite nice, but the real jewels are on the hospital campus behind it, after entering the complex. After reviewing these pictures, it became obvious to me that they don't do justice to the place. You have to actually be there to really appreciate this unique site. And remember that inside the individual pavilions - each one a work of art - is a modern, functioning hospital. If you gotta be sick, this is the place to be hospitalized! :)

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    Hospital de Sant Pau

    by chancay Updated Apr 11, 2006

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    I only knew I should visit this place without having any further information about it. I not even knew that this hospital is still working.
    I was really impressed....I think it´s a fabolous place to get better again, just too beautiful the buildings, although I haven´t been inside and don´t know how the patient rooms are.

    This hospital complex has been constructed between 1902 and 1911 from the catalan architect Lluís Domènech i Montanerand was paid by the funds of Barcelona banker Paul Gil through his last will and testament.
    Since 1997 it is part of the world cultural heritage of the UNESCO.

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    Hospital Sant Pau

    by miedje Written Dec 25, 2003

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    Hospital Sant Pau

    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).

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    Don't be afraid of this hospital

    by morganna Written Jul 22, 2003

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    Hospital de Sant Pau

    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.

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    Hospital De La Santa Creu I De Sant Pau

    by smirnofforiginal Updated May 6, 2010

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    Domenech i Montaner is responsible for the exsquisite architecture of Hospital ed la Santa i de Sant Pau. This is a World Heritage Site and when you see it you can, at once, understand why. There are 16 pavilions, each different but each exceptionally beautiful.

    At the time when I visited it was still a fully functioning hospital with ambulances whizzing in and out and doctors in white coats wandering from one building to the next. As such, admission to the site was completely free and it was a slightly weird feeling to be clicking away with my camera whilst people were being stretchered in and out!!! Plans were afoot and the hospital facilities were in the midst of being moved to another site. It may be that this rtansition is now complete and that the site has become a museum dedicated to Mr Montaner, medicine, hospitals etc...
    Apparently there was a guided tour that one could take but I never knew about it so cannot comment. Whilst I am sure it would have been informative, it was actually rather nice to simply enjoy the grounds as the only tourist (as opposed to a patient!)

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    Hospital Sant Pau - 26 Mudejar-style pavillions.

    by Jerelis Updated Apr 9, 2009

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    One of the many pavillions.

    Despite of being within viewing distance of La Sagrada Familia, or perhaps because of it, many people pass by Hospital de Sant Pau, a beautifully ornated building.

    Luis Domenech I Montaner began designing a new hospital in 1902. His innovative scheme consisted of 26 attractive Mudejar-style pavillions set in large gardens, as he believed that patients would recover better among fresh air and trees. Today it leaves us with this amazing structure where we wondered off for a while. We just kept on looking above our heads and examining all rhe wall, trying not to miss any of the beautiful details.

    Also believing art and colour to be therapeutic, Luis Domenech I Montaner decorated the pavilions profusely. The turreted roofs were tiled with ceramics and the reception pavillion embellished with mosaic murals and sculptures by Pau Gargallo.

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