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!)
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.
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.
Hospital de Sant Pau was built between 1901 and 1930 and it is associated with another Hospital in the center of Barcelona which was built in the 15th century (where are now an art school and National Library of Catalonia)
The Hospital has an amazing architecture, whose origins are explaned during a guided tour. You also pass through a beautiful church which is a part of the Hospital complex.
Currently they are reconstructing the hospital so meetings of Mediterranean countries can be held there. Right now there is a tour (the once I took) named "Sant Pau under construction". I don't know if when the recovering of the building ends there will be the possibility of going on a guided tour. I hope so.
Anyway, the outside of the Hospital is amazing and so is the church. And the University nearby is also quite interesting to visit.
This is the site about guided tours
And this one about the Hospital and activities happening there
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.
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!!!
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.
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.
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.
walking up from Sagrada Familia by Avinguda Gaudi you find this wonderful modernista hospital, many building, the main is in the picture.
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
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.