I don’t know if it’s just me, or if you also like to walk around the cities in the hope to encounter something cool, new, interesting, different, something that sticks out from everything but that at the same time isn’t as mainstream as the super touristy things.
Well, imagine my surprise when exiting the BLUE LINE of the Metro and after few steps I bumped into this.
The Hospital of Sant Pau is the most beautiful hospital I’ve seen in my entire life, despite the several places I’ve been to.
The Modernista Sant Pau Complex was built between 1905 and 1930 and designed byLluís Domènech i Montaner as a garden city for nursing the sick. After being used as a public hospital for a century, its newly refurbished pavilions shine again in all their splendour. A visit to this exceptional architectural ensemble is a unique experience.
By the late 19th century, the old Hospital de la Santa Creu in Barcelona’s Raval neighbourhood needed to be relocated because it had become obsolete and too small. The result was an ambitious project inspired by the breakthroughs in health and hygiene at the time. In fact the several padillions divided the patients according to their illness, in order to avoid that they would worsen one another by being in contact.
It was awarded World Heritage status by UNESCO in 1997 and now its architectural and artistic values have been brought to a wider audience with the new use of its pavilions. The former hospital complex is now a knowledge campus and the headquarters of international organisations including the European Forest Institute, the Casa Àsia, the Global University Network for Innovation, and the United Nations University Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility.
A visit to this magnificent complex enriches your culture and does some good to your heart.
The breath-taking coloured pavilions, set among gardens and connected by underground passages, are beautiful and a showcase for the applied arts, featuring sculptures, stained glass and mosaics.
It is easily reachable by metro:
Yellow line L4 Guinardò/Hospital de Sant Pau M stop
Blue Line L5 Sant Pau dos de Maig (Cartagena exit) M stop
Or by walk by taking Avinguda Gaudì, which is a pleasant walk between the threes and several places where to eat, and connects the Sagrada Familia to the Hospital.
The entrance isn’t really expensive and it is never crowded.
So there’s no need of purchasing it online to avoid queues or to have it quicker. it is enough to just go there.
However do check the website for the opening hours: