Sant Pau Hospital
A jewel for architecture lovers
Discover this incredible Unesco Art Nouveau site just a few steps from Sagrada Familia with an expert guide. Santa Creu i Sant Pau old Hospital is the most famous and ambitious project designed by the Catalan architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner thanks to the benefactor Pau Gil who made an important charity donation to the city.
Sant Pau is an emsemble of breathtaking pavilions decorated with amazing sculptures, ceramics, stained-glass windows and mosaic telling the history of the building and inspiring gardens and tunnels where architecture meets excellence and functionality. Pavilions are interconnected by an efficient system of underground tunnels now opened to the public after 5 years of renovation. The visitor can also admire the Operations or Surgery pavilion and many of the pavilions where patients recovered.
Doctors from all over came to visit this hospital that changed the history of architecture and the conception of medicine and treatments forever. Now after housing for more than 80 years the former hospital you have this unique opportunity to admire its architecture, exhibitions and historical recreations to understand how this microcosm worked.
In 2 hours you will visit:
- the Administration pavilion of Sant Pau hospital
- the surgery or operations pavilion
- the exhibition about the history of the hospital
- the underground system of tunnels
- examples of pavilions where patients recovered
- the gardens