Hospital Sant Pau, Barcelona

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    Art Nouveau masterpiece by big brain!

    by kanjon Updated Mar 3, 2008

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    Hospital de Sant Pau is easily one of the most stunning architectural sights in Barcelona. The hospital was drawn by architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner who played an important role in defining the Modernisme arquitectonic (Art Nouveau / Jugendstil in architecture) in Catalonia. What an amazing brain Domènech i Montaner must have had, understanding the major importance of beauty in a hospital milieu.

    The hospital is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, together with Palau de la Música Catalana, by the same architect. The hospital was constructed between 1901-1912 and it must be the most beautiful hospital in the world!

    You are free to walk in the grounds but be sure to pay due respect to the sick people and the hospital staff. Do not forget it´s still a working place with real patients inside.

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    Hospital De La Santa Creu I De Sant Pau

    by smirnofforiginal Updated May 29, 2014

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    Possibly the most elegant set of buildings (or rather city within a city) that can be seen in Barcelona and also possibly one of the least visited.

    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.

    When I first visited in 2008 although there were sections of the hospital that were closed and being renovated this was still a working hospital with ambulances whizzing in and out and doctors in white coats wandering from one building to the next. Now the hospital in its entirety has been transferred to the modern hospital at its rear and the entire site (which is large) is an official visitors centre. There are vast swathes that are off-limit as they have official uses, such as the UN library. However, you will not be disappointed by what you will see. It is nothing short of stunning!

    One of the wards (the Sant Rafael Pavilion) has been left so that visitors can get a chance to see what it would have been like to be a patient here. The ethos behind the buildings and the gardens was that patients should be considered holistically and that their mental wellbeing and rehabilitation was every bit as important as their physical - the idea that one could not help but to feel good/better when surrounded by some beauty. The plants and trees were also to purify the air, shelter the exposed areas from the wind. Medicinal plants, such as lavender, were also grown.The buildings were built so that natural light was cleverly used. To see the black, ugly, bulky block that is the hospital at the rear makes one wander how they could possibly build something so far removed! There is a kilometre of underground galleries that link one pavilion to another (each medical speciality was designated a different pavilion). The ceramic work and tiles are gorgeous but they also ensure cleanliness and good hygiene and the soft colours were chosen to be therapeutic.

    Inside the Sant Jordi Pavilion which was a patient examination room, there is an exhibition which shows all of the work that went into the huge restoration task (which is ongoing).
    If you are on the self-guided tour, besides the Sant Rafael Pavilion and the Sant Jordi Pavilion you may also go into and see parts of the outstanding Administration Pavilion.You will not be disappointed!

    To visit, the hospital should be approached by the main entrance.
    The self-guided tour is €8.

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    Hospital Sant Pau - Founded in 1401.

    by Jerelis Updated Apr 9, 2009

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    Sometimes there are places you want to see, and in advance you know that you won't be disappointed once you're actually there. The Hospital de la Santa Crue i de Sant Pau is one of those places.

    We stood in front of this amazing building and learned a few nice facts that we didn't know and surprised us a little bit. Listen, although the hospital's current building date from the 20th century, the Hospital de Sant Pau was founded in 1401 when six small medieval hospitals merged. The hospital's former buildings near the center of Barcelona date from the 15th century, and now house an art school (Escola Massana) and National Library of Catalonia, but that's maybe something for another visit to the city.

    In spite of being an interesting touristic spot of town, it is still running as an hospital today. We immediately saw the dfferent pavillions which are decorated with mosaics depicting mythological characters and some Catalonian history episodes. The building is protected by UNESCO.

    The entrance of the hospital.
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    Hospital Sant Pau - Our conclusion.

    by Jerelis Updated Oct 17, 2012

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    Maybe the most amazing thing is that in spite of it being a very interesting touristic spot in town it is still running as an hospital today! Consistently with the requests made directly by the costumer, lot's of climate improvements have been made over the years. But they were done in such a way that they would leave the outside of the building untouched, thereby preserving its imposing and majestic appearance. Unfortunately, we arrived just after the last tour departed and couldn't go inside. So, check the tour times if you plan on going.

    Our conclusion was rather simple: this very interesting hospital compound is made up of several buildings and the architecture was truly amazing. Anyway, the outside of the Hospital is amazing and so is the church. And the University nearby is also quite interesting to visit. For us a true must visit.

    At the main square of the hospital.
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    Other modernist places of...

    by gasca Written Dec 4, 2002

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    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.

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    Sant Pau Hospital...yes I...

    by silvia-m.b Written Aug 25, 2002

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    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!!!

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    Hospital Sant Pau

    by Ronza Written Oct 22, 2014

    It was the first time and probably the last, I wish to stay in a hospital. Another Gaudi creation, a new hospital concept. When they told me you have to see hospital Sant Pau, I was like: “I am not going to Barcelona to see hospitals. I hate hospitals.” But I finally went there andnow my turn to say: you have to see hospital Sant Pau

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    Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau

    by littlesam1 Written Sep 17, 2009

    This is a beautiful hospital that looks very church like in structure. It was designed by the architect Domenech y Montaner and started in 1902 and fully completed in 1930. Here at this hospital just a few blocks from Sagrada Familia Antoni Gaudi died in 1926 after being run over by a tram. This was just a block away from our hotel also. I found it ironic and kind of chilling that you can stand on the grounds of the hospital where Gaudi died and see his Basilica just a few blocks down the street.

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    Remembering Gaudi

    by littlesam1 Written Sep 17, 2009

    Looking at La Sagrada Familia from the grounds of Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau. You can see Gaudi's beautiful Basilica from the grounds of the hospital where he died after being run over by a street tram in 1926.

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    Hospital Sant Pau

    by myrtle Updated May 13, 2004

    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.

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    HOSPITAL SANT PAU

    by zumodemango Written Apr 21, 2004

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    walking up from Sagrada Familia by Avinguda Gaudi you find this wonderful modernista hospital, many building, the main is in the picture.

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    nice hospital, eh?

    by hivaoa1 Written Apr 28, 2005

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    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

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    A unique hospital

    by jenniferchin Written Sep 18, 2003

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    I was walking about the BCN when I came across this beautiful hospital. I spent many hours wandering inside ...

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    Lluís Domènech i Montaner and...

    by JaumeBCN Written Aug 24, 2002

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    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.

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