No one likes a trip to the hospital, especially whilst on holiday; but a visit to Hospital de Sant Pau is not to be missed. Located in THE DISTRICT OF EIXAMPLE, near to the SAGRADA FAMILIA. It is hard to guess that this stunning set of buildings and gardens was recently a working hospital.
Declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1997, the hospital was started by the funding of a Catalan banker who declared in his will that a new hospital would be built; and that it should be the best in terms of architecture, healthcare and technology. It took 30 years to build. Moreover, the architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner produced a unique and revolutionary design incorporating gardens and separate pavilions into the site.
Hospital De Sant Pau appears more like a modernist village than a hospital. It considered as a revolutionary at the time as open spaces and aesthetics were not considered a priority for the well-being of patients. It was not only meant to be aesthetically pleasing but also a functional and hygienic hospital environment. In addition, the pavilions each serve their own specific purpose and are connected by underground corridors making it easy to move between them.
Today you can admire the magnificent modernist architecture by taking a guided tour of the site. At the moment, the hospital is under renovation and being restored but you can still take a tour around the construction site to see the works in progress. Tickets for adults cost €10 and concessions €5. As the area is currently being renovated, the itinerary of the tour may change accordingly.
In conclusion, this spectacular site is another superb example of the amazing modernist architecture in Barcelona and epitomizes the progressive, charming and diverse that Barcelona is. If only every hospital was like this!
Times of daily tours in each language:
English – 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm
French – 10.30 am
Spanish – 11.30 am
For more information about the tours, visit the official website.
How to get to Hospital de Sant Pau:
If you are visiting the Sagrada Familia you can easily walk down Avenida Gaudí to the hospital within minutes.
Address: Carrer Sant Quintí, 89 08026 Barcelona, España.
Metro: L5 (Sant Pau/Dos de Maig), L4 (Guinardó)
Bus: 15, 19, 20, 45, 47, 50, 51, 92