Hospital Sant Pau
During your holiday you wouldn't want to visit a hospital. However, in Barcelona this hospital is worth visiting! Not to get treated, but to get a glimpse of the beautiful appearance. Barcelona is known for its Gaudí architecture, its delicious tapas, its numerous of shopping facilities and its pleasant atmosphere, but there is more to see!
The Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau is a complex, built between 1901 and 1930. The ancient architecture is well preserved and this gives a significant view. Designed by the modernistic architect Lluís Domènech I Montager from the Catalonia area, this complex functioned as a hospital until June of 2009. Nowadays, it is under restoration to become a museum and cultural centre.
The main building, together with the pavilions, count for the biggest building within the Catalan modernistic architecture. In 1997 UNESCO places the hospital together with Paula de la Música Catalana, which is also designed by the same architect, a the World Heritage Site. Currently, people can visit the hospital to enjoy its appearance and there are tours given along this impressive building.
As mentioned, the buildings which currently belong to the hospital were built in the 20th century. However, the hospital was founded years before in 1401 when six small hospitals merged. The Hospital de Sant Pau has moved its location, and the former building from this 15th century is now utilized as an art school, Escola Massana, and a library, the Biblioteca de Catalunya. Due to the increase of technology and medical science a new building was needed. This new complex was financed by a donation of Pau Gil, whose name was added to the previous name, Hospital de la Santa Creu. Some people find this name too long, therefore it is primarily known as Hospital de Sant Pau.
Here in the new complex, the famous artist who created many impressive buildings and monuments in Barcelona, Antoni Gaudí passed away after a tram accident. The hospital was awarded in 1991 with the "Creu de Sant Jordi". The latest adjustment to the structure of the complex was an enlargement at the north end of the pavilions, made in 2003.
The main building is dedicated to the hospital administration and the 27 pavilions are dedicated to the serve as clinics. All the different buildings are connected by underground galleries, prepared for transporting the patients.
The appearance is stunning to see and the impressive architecture is very interesting. A visit to this hospital is a pleasant activity. Make a visit and be amazed. Barcelona has enough to offer to enjoy yourself throughout your entire stay. When looking for more cultural activities, Gaudí's masterpieces which can be seen at several places in the city are highly recommended.