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Hospital Sant Pau

Experience this masterpiece of modernisme - a hospital to feel good

Entrance of the Hospital Sant Pau

Entrance of the Hospital Sant Pau

Founded around 600 years ago, the "Hospital Sant Pau" developed from a medieval welfare house into a modern hospital complex.

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  • Booking tickets for Sant Pau
  • History of the Hospital
  • City within the city
  • Sustainable
  • Why it is worth visiting

Today the "city within the city", as the hospital complex is also called, is one of the most important and most beautiful complexes of modernism.

The clinic complex was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1997 due to its "architectural uniqueness and artistic beauty". In 2001 the 600th anniversary of the hospital was celebrated.

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Tickets for Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site: Guided Tour

  • Visit to the world-famous work of one of the best Catalan Modernist architects
  • Guided visit with an official guide
  • Language: English
  • Duration approx. 1:15 hours

The history of the Hospital Sant Pau

In 1348, the black plague spread through Barcelona and as a result around a third of the population at that time died. With the help of this terrible apocalypse, the need for an organized health system became more and more apparent to people.

Lluís Domènech i Montaner

With the first modernist building, the "Castell dels tres Dragons", the architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner is now considered the founder of modernism.

  • The life of Domènech i Montaner
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Lluís Domènech i Montaner

The Hospital de la Santa Creu was founded in 1401. At the beginning of the 15th century, a comprehensive hospital complex was built to bring the six existing hospitals in Barcelona all under one roof. The origin of the hospital is in the district of El Raval, the hospital building in its original location is a splendid example of gothic civil architecture. In it, Antoni Gaudí died in 1926 after a traffic accident. Today it houses the Faculty of Medicine and the State Library of Catalonia.

In the late nineteenth century, thanks to the increasing industrialization, there was an economic and social boom in Spain and a major expansion of the urban area of ​​Barcelona. Health care also made a leap into scientific medicine and had to face new hygienic principles. In addition, the buildings in the narrow El Raval district became too small and plans were made to expand the hospital complex.

In 1902 the legacy of the banker Pau Gil made it possible to build a new hospital. So on January 15, 1902, construction work began with the laying of the foundation stone at its current location - only about 1,000 meters from the Sagrada Familia. From then on, the hospital was called "Hospital de la Santa Creu i de Sant Pau" in his honor. A good thirty years later, on January 16, 1930, the new hospital was handed over to the Spanish King Alfonso XIII.

After almost 80 years, hospital operations moved to the new building directly behind the Modernisme complex, and the historic facility, including the sickrooms, has been open to visitors ever since. 

Hospital Sant Pau - The city within the city

The hospital was to be something very special: in a relaxing, tree-lined environment where patients could recover from their illnesses and pains and breathe fresh, clean air. The medieval and Moorish-influenced architecture - typical of much Catalan Art Nouveau - makes it difficult to tell that this is a hospital. The orientation of the buildings to the north-south axis of the site allows for maximum solar radiation on the facades of the pavilions. In addition, the design as a "Park Hospital" created open areas for the well-being of patients, which was considered a novelty at the time.

The hospital area takes up almost an entire block - the almost 30 buildings are located in a park. With the inclusion of two gardens per pavilion, the architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner gave the complex a cheerful, optimistic character that helped the sick and their families to feel better. Horse chestnut, linden and orange trees line the central promenade and provide shade in summer. Medicinal medicinal plants such as laurel, lavender, rosemary and lemon trees grow in the roadside beds.

At the main entrance to the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau complex is the chapel-like administrative building with a large domed roof and an impressive entrance hall with marble columns and mosaic-covered ceilings. It is no coincidence that the building looks like a church, as it is intended to symbolize the Christian tradition. At the same time, the building should represent a person who spreads his arms and welcomes the patients with open arms.

Behind the administration building you can see the pavilion with the operating room in the middle. The tunnel system that connects the pavilion to the others allowed the patients to be quickly transferred to their rooms.

At the end of the original area was the monastery pavilion. The building was designed by Pere Domènech, son of Lluis Domenèch i Montaner. It consists of three parts connected with small covered pedestrian bridges. The service areas of the hospital were housed here, such as the kitchen, pharmacy and accommodation for the nuns who worked here as nurses.

A new building, which is located behind the monastery building, expanded the old hospital and is now home to the modern hospital. The historic modernist hospital can be visited today.

What can be visited

A sightseeing route is signposted in the hospital complex, which you can, but do not have to, follow.

Beginning of the tour and outdoor area

The visit begins in the Sant Salvador pavilion with an exhibition on the hospital from its foundation to the present day. A symbolic dragon pays homage to the work of Domènech i Montaner.

Outdoor area

The garden city model created at the beginning of the 20th century was the model for the design of the outdoor areas. You can relax here in a beautiful park and admire the beauty of the exterior facades of the pavilions.

Pavilion Sant Rafael

You will experience a journey through time to the 1920s and 1930s: a historic hospital pavilion is recreated here and you can see how a hospital operated in the 1930s. Also see what Barcelona looked like in the 1920s.

Tunnel and administration building

Of particular interest is the tunnel system that connected the buildings and through which the patients could be quickly transferred. The tour ends in the representative and richly decorated administration building, which also served as a reception pavilion.

Early example of sustainable building

Due to the geothermal installations, which ensure the heat supply to various pavilions of the hospital complex in the form of almost 400 wells more than 100 meters deep, the facility is an example of sustainable construction and an efficient energy balance.

For reasons of hygiene, the entire area has been laid out on a slope: as is well known, the warm air moves upwards - so the ventilation system was developed in such a way that all bacteria and viruses are drawn away from the patients with the draft.

The selected building materials are made of durable building materials that do justice to the function of a hospital. As a typical component of modernist architecture, we find a striking mix of materials such as brick, natural stone, iron, glass and ceramics. The mainly processed material is the red brick, which was used exclusively for facades. This is combined with the natural stone, which was used for all decorative, architectural elements, reliefs, sculptures and in the interior ceiling designs.

The Hospital de Sant Pau can be reached within a 10-15 minute walk directly from the Sagrada Familia via the beautiful tree-lined pedestrian street "Avinguda de Gaudí".

Why the Hospital Sant Pau is worth visiting

The Hospital Sant Pau is a beautiful Modernsime complex, a masterpiece by the architect Lluis Domènech i Montaner. Always with the intention of serving people and their health, he built a hospital that, as a total work of art, offered color and freshness instead of sterility.

As a visitor, you feel completely at ease and wonder why today's hospitals aren't built like that. The hospital is rightly on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

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Address Carrer de Sant Antoni Maria Claret, 167 Phone: +34 932 562 504 www.visitsantpau.com

Arrival Metro: Sant Pau – Dos de Maig (L5), Guinardó (L4) Bus Turístic: Sagrada Familia Parking nearby

Opening times Tue. - Fri.: 10.00 - 14.30 On weekends and public holidays: 10.00 - 17.00 Closed: Mondays when working days, 25 Dec.

Admission General admission: Adults 30-64 years: €16.00 Youth 12-29 years: €11.20 Free admission: children under 12 years 23 April, Museum Night, 24 September 20% discount: Barcelona Card, Bus Turístic Guided tour: Adults 16-64 years: €34.00 Reduced (15-15 years, 65+): €27.00 Children 0-11 years: €12.00

From the Sagrada Familia, the c/Gaudi street leads directly to the hospital. The approximately 1,000 meters are worth walking. With a guided tour (English) you get a look behind the scenes of the hospital. You should plan about 1.5-2 hours for the visit (with or without a guide).

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Visit the Hospital de Sant Pau Barcelona (Modernist Hospital)

the façade at the hospital de sant pau barcelona spain

The ornate Hospital de Sant Pau is a grand old hospital.

It just happens to be one of the most complex art nouveau-style buildings in all of Europe.

This magical hospital, full name Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau , actually helped rehabilitate the sick with light and art – revolutionary stuff!

Let’s take a look at how to visit the Hospital de Sant Pau Barcelona.

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Hospital de Sant Pau Recinte Modernista

This vast former hospital, aka the Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau (full name  Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau ) is actually Europe’s biggest modernist complex .

It was built between 1901-1930 and later declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.

As mentioned, it was the masterpiece of local Catalan architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner – the brains behind other such amazing top arcelona attractions as the music lover’s dream Palau de la Musica .

With the exception of the master himself, Antoni Gaudi , there is perhaps no Catalan architect that has left a bigger imprint on the city of Barcelona.

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Domènech i Montaner envisioned Sant Pau Hospital as an urban garden with a  modern village : streets, pavilions, and even a church and convent. All would be connected via underground passageways so as not to upset the complex’s aesthetic harmony .

This art nouveau site is just an explosion of colour and ornamentation – a true feast for the eyes which begs the question… why can’t all medical facilities be like the Hospital Sant Pau?

Hospital de Sant Pau History

The Hospital de Sant Pau was built on the foundations of an old religious hospital dating back to the end of the 800s.

In all, the site is really the product of the convergence of 6 small medieval hospitals and was officially founded in 1401.

As Barcelona became the industrial engine of Catalonia, the city’s growth called for a new hospital, and the area called Guinardó (at the time isolated from the rest of the city) was perfect due to its slight elevation – and distance from the densest parts of the city.

This was of great importance during epidemics.

It was the queen’s banker Pau Gil who donated a considerable fortune upon his death in 1896, that allowed the city to move ahead with its new modernist hospital. Domènech i Montaner was put in charge.

Even though construction on the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau started in 1905 , it was not inaugurated until 1930 due to a lack of funds and problems with the local bishop – and out of the 48 pavilions envisioned, only 27 were built.

The Recinte Modernista in Barcelona stopped being a functional hospital in 2009.

The hospital complex that we enjoy today is the result of some amazing €100 million restoration works in the past years (the work of Barcelona city council and others) that have given us an amazing museum and cultural centre .

And even though Barcelona is rich in modernist attractions like Casa Batllo and La Pedrera , it’s still worth a visit.

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What to See at Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau

The Hospital de Sant Pau is an eclectic mix of neo-Gothic influences where bricks, glazed tiles, mosaics, and stained glass create an ornamental richness that’s hard to match.

You might get so lost in the beauty that you’ll come to believe that it was the artistry of the complex itself that was able to cure the sick!

The visit starts in the massive main courtyard, which consists of two large v-shaped buildings that almost form arms to welcome patients to the hospital.

This should be a stop on any Barcelona weekend itinerary , especially since it’s just up the road from Sagrada Familia .

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The symmetrical complex surrounds two streets that run north to south and east to west.

On every side, you’ll find a different hospital building dedicated to different fields of medicine, all isolated from each other and with one or even two basements to prevent the spread of disease.

The connection between the various buildings of Sant Pau Recinte Modernista is via a series of underground tunnels which are partially open to visitors.

Inside you also get two huge gardens  intended for growing flowers and purifying the air.

It is said that Domènech i Montaner was more interested in the beauty of the complex than its functionality as a hospital.

He thus undervalued many structural questions: for this reason, many of the buildings, like the patients, had to be stabilized.

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Visiting the Barcelona Hospital de Sant Pau

Any thorough visit includes seeing the three major buildings, of which you’ll come across surgical theatres, recovery wards, hospital beds, and more.

The Pabellón de Sant Salvador  (Sant Salvador Pavilion) is a reconstruction of the hospital’s history as the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau – from its creation in 1401 to its closure in 2009.

On the top floor, you’ll find an exhibit which symbolizes a dragon and pays homage to the life and works of Lluís Domènech i Montaner.

From here, you’ll head on to the external spaces where you truly see Montaner’s city-garden vision on full display. There’s no better place than here to admire the exterior beauty of the buildings.

You’ll also see the  Pabellón de Sant Rafael , which has been restored almost exactly as it was when it was a fully-functioning hospital in the 1920s.

Here you’ll get tons of information on how the Hospital Sant Pau operated, the types of medicine practiced here, and how citizens lived in Barcelona at the beginning of the last century.

It’s then on through the underground tunnels that you’ll end up at the  Pabellón de la Administración – the administration wing of the Sant Pau Hospital that displays some of the building’s most impressive decoration.

Once you’re out on the atrium, make sure to soak in the incredible panorama (comparable perhaps only to Park Guell ) of the Sagrada Familia, which is reachable on foot just 10 minutes down the famous Avinguda Gaudí.

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Barcelona Hospital de Sant Pau Tickets

As with most of your Barcelona itinerary , you’ll be able to buy tickets at ticket windows. However, with this method, you run the risk of having to stand in line.

My suggestion is always to buy skip-the-line tickets in advance online via ticket giant Tiqets.

Hospital Sant Pau Ticket Prices

  • General admission: €16.00.
  • Visit with an audio guide (English, Catalan, Spanish, French, German, or Japanese): €20.00.
  • Reduced tickets (residents, 12-29, 65+): €11.20 (€15.20 with audio guide).
  • Children under 12: free.
  • Private groups (max 30 people): €250.00.
  • First Sunday of every month, Feb 12, Apr 23, Sept 24: free.

Those Barcelona travellers with disabilities of 65% or higher or a degree of dependency of 3 also go free with a companion.

There is also a 20% discount for the Recinte Modernista using the (almost) all-inclusive tourist discount pass called the Barcelona Card .

Those interested in booking groups need to email  [email protected] .

Guided Tours of the Hospital de Sant Pau in Barcelona

You can also get a full guided tour accompanied by a licensed guide .

They will explain the history of the Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau, go in-depth into the building’s unique and artsy characteristics, and its evolution with the city of Barcelona.

The guided tour of the Hospital de Sant Pau lasts an hour and a half.

Hours: English (10:30 am), French (11:00 am Fridays), Spanish (noon), Catalan (12:30 on Fridays, weekends, and holidays)

Price: €20.00 (senior, 12-29: €14.00).

FYI: guided tours are not available on free entrance days (listed above).

Hospital San Pau Opening Hours

  • April to October: Monday – Sunday from 10:00 am to 6:30 pm
  • November to March: Monday – Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Closed December 25th.

The last entrance is 30 minutes before closing time.

How to Get to El Hospital de Sant Pau

The address is  Carrer de Sant Antoni Maria Claret, 167.

While it isn’t one of the city’s best neighbourhoods to stay for tourists, the Guinardò neighbourhood is served by a fairly convenient Barcelona metro station from the centre:  Sant Pau – Dos de Maig (blue line L5).

It’s also about a 12-minute walk from the Sagrada Familia metro station.

Due to its proximity to the city’s most popular attraction (the Sagrada Familia), most people simply take the 10-minute walk from there. Combining visits to these two titans on the same day is recommended.

If you’re looking to arrive via bus, you’ll find that lines H8, 19, 20, 45, 47, 50, 51, 92, 117, 192 stop there.

Numbers 19 and 47 pass through the city’s centre: Plaça Catalunya .

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Hospital de la Santa Creu i de Sant Pau FAQs

What is hospital de sant pau in barcelona.

Hospital de Sant Pau is a historic hospital complex in Barcelona, Spain, that was built in the early 20th century. It is known for its impressive modernist architecture that was devised by famed architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner.

What makes the Hospital de Sant Pau unique?

Hospital de Sant Pau is unique for its historic modernist architecture. Though most departments are closed,the hospitals there are still a few that remain in its historic confines. The hospital is now a popular tourist attraction that offers guided tours.

How do you get to El Hospital de Sant Pau?

From the city centre, you can take the metro L5 (blue line) and get off at the Sant Pau / Dos de Maig station. The hospital is just a few minutes walk from the station.

Alternatively, you can take bus lines H8, 19, 20, 45, 47, 50, 51, 92, or 117 and get off at the hospital’s main entrance. The journey takes around 20-30 minutes, depending on traffic and your starting location in the city center.

Does Hospital de Sant Pau offer guided tours?

Yes, Hospital de Sant Pau in Barcelona offers guided tours of its impressive modernist architecture and historic buildings. The tour also includes a visit to the beautiful gardens and courtyards that surround the hospital. Guided tours are available in multiple languages and are led by knowledgeable and friendly guides.

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Still looking to visit the Hospital de Sant Pau Barcelona?

Yes, it’s always possible I may have missed something about this top art nouveau site.

So tell me – what else do you need to know about visiting the Hospital de Sant Pau? And how else can I help you along your way in my adopted home?

Enjoy the Hospital Sant Pau 🙂

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Hospital de la santa creu i sant pau a beautiful modernist building.

This bright and colourful modernista building was a fully functioning hospital until 2009, when the new building opened up next to it. The old part of the complex opened its doors as a museum in 2014.

The positives:

For architects and architecture fans, this modernist building is an absolute must. The former hospital is colorful and bright.

The negatives:

You don’t get a very clear picture of how the different parts of the building used to be divided up and used, but they are working on that. This attraction keeps on evolving and growing! Unfortunately, the price has gone up as the crowds have grown.

It is definitely a good idea to buy a ticket in advance online...

Last Modified: 14.02.2024 | Céline

Hospital de Sant Pau Tickets

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Admission to Hospital & Palau de la Musica Catalana + Tapas

Guided Tour

Admission to Hospital + Guided Tour in EN/ES

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Opening hours.

April – October: daily, 9.30 a.m. – 6.30 p.m.

April – October: daily 9.30 a.m. – 6.30 p.m. November – March:  daily 9.30 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.

EUR 16 for adults EUR 11.20 for young people

EUR 16 for adults EUR 11.20 for young people in the age of 12-29, senior citizens over the age of 65 free admission for children under the age of 12

Carrer de Sant Antoni Maria Claret, 167, Barcelona

Metro: L5 (blue line): Sant Pau/Dos de Maig

Guided Tours

Public tours: Weekends: Spanish: 11.00 a.m. EUR 20

Public tours official page: Weekends: Spanish: 11.00 a.m. EUR 20

Private Tours: Visits can be made in other languages. Reservation: [email protected] EUR 250 per Group

Our Tours: EUR 34

Audio Guide

For EUR 4 (normal one) For EUR 3 App Audio guide, on site only

Barcelona Card

20% discount on admission

Reduced price with the Barcelona Card. Available for 3, 4 or 5 days. -> More about the Barcelona Card

Free admission for ICOM members

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What is there to see.

Not many of the pavilions tend to be open to the public, but the main building has plenty of delightful rooms and halls.

As it stands, you can’t see much historical equipment inside. But there are plans to change that! Since medical professionals would no doubt find it interesting. They recently opened the operating room in the pavilion in the middle of the area.

One of the pavilions you can visit hasn’t been restored, so you can get an idea of what the facilities were like before the renovation work. That pavilion also provides the venue for the programme of temporary exhibitions.

Hospital de Sant Pau A bit of History

Lluis Domènech i Montaner, a contemporary of Gaudí, worked on the hospital complex until his death in 1923.

The project was launched in 1902, but the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau itself has existed since 1401!

The bequest of banker Pau Gil made it possible for a new hospital complex to be constructed in 1902. The city was in real need of a facility of this scale given that the many small hospitals spread throughout the city needed to be merged and new demands were being placed on the healthcare system.

Although the plans included 48 pavilions, only 27 were finished, and 12 of those were designed in the art nouveau style by Domènech. You can still visit some of them to this day. The doors to the hospital didn’t officially open until 1930, seven years after Domènech’s death.

The rest of the complex, known as the “city within the city” by locals, is still used as a hospital. In fact, this is where my children were born!

Official website of the Hospital de Sant Pau (EN/FR/IT/POR): santpaubarcelona.org/en

Text and image rights: © Céline Mülich, 2014 – 2024

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The old hospital de la santa creu i de sant pau in barcelona.

Hospital de la Santa Creu i de Sant Pau Barcelona

The old hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau is one of the prime examples of Modernisme Català, the Catalan version of the Art Nouveau movement. With its main building and many pavilions, the Barcelona Hospital de Santa Creu is the largest complex of Catalan modernist architecture.

Hospital de la Santa Creu i de Sant Pau

The Hospital de Sant Pau ( 'Hospital de la Santa Creu i de Sant Pau ') is designed by architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner. The hospital is one of the prime examples of Modernisme Català, the Catalan version of the Art Nouveau movement. With its main building and many pavilions, the Hospital de Santa Creu is the largest complex of Catalan modernist architecture.

The old Hospital de Sant Pau and the Palau de la Música Catalana Catalana (also designed by Lluís Domènech i Montaner) were added to the World Heritage List by UNESCO in 1997. Several years ago, the hospital underwent a major renovation, and it's possible to visit this unique complex on your own. The Hospital de Sant Pau is not particularly touristy, and because of its wonderful Art Nouveau architectural style with lots of ceramics and sculptures, it's one of my personal highlights of Barcelona .

Hospital de Sant Pau Barcelona

History of the Sant Pau Hospital

The Hospital de Santa Creu stems from 1401, when Barcelona's then six hospitals merged. By the late 19th century, Barcelona had grown enormously, and developments in medical science required more state-of-the-art facilities. That was the reason for the decision to build a huge hospital complex just outside the city, financed with a donation by banker Pau Gil. Construction started in 1902, and it would be 28 years until it opened in 1930. The symmetrical complex consisted of as much as 27 buildings, 16 of which were built in modernist style. Each pavilion had its own medical expertise, and a system of corridors was constructed underneath the complex for easy access to the pavilions. The architectural style and central gardens of the hospital are intended to create an atmosphere of optimism, helping to speed up the recovery of patients.

Hospital de Sant Pau Barcelona

Out of respect to the will of the mecenas, the name Sant Pau was added to the hospital's name. Since then the hospital has been called the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau . Today it's primarily known as Hospital de Sant Pau. Antoni Gaudí (known for being the architect of Sagrada Familia and Park Guell ) died in the former hospital de la Santa Creu in 1926, after being hit by a tram in Barcelona city a few days before.

Tour of the Sant Pau hospital

During your visit to Sant Pau you can choose to walk independently through the old hospital. Book your Hospital Sant Pau tickets in advance.

Where is the Hospital de Sant Pau in Barcelona?

The main entrance is in the quarter of Eixample and is four blocks from the Sagrada Familia . It's a good idea to combine both sights during your trip to Barcelona. If you travel by metro, the stop 'Sant Pau' of the L4 is the nearest one.

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Guided tour of the Hospital Sant Pau

  • 13/09/2022 24/07/2023

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Are you looking for a guided tour of the Sant Pau Hospital ?

The Sant Pau Hospital has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and is one of the most visited buildings in Barcelona. Every year, thousands of tourists enter through its doors to visit this building that continues to function as a health center. In its walls you will be able to contemplate the pure essence of the Catalan Modernism that took place between 1890 and 1910.

Visiting Sant Pau Hospital at your own pace is possible, as long as you buy the entrance ticket. But if you hire a guided tour In addition to not having to wait in line to enter, you will be able to discover each of the secrets hidden in the corners of this marvelous hospital and you will learn some of the curiosities you will know some of the curiosities that have made the city of Barcelona what it is today.

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Type of tour: Guided tours in Barcelona

Tour description

Pere Domènech i Roura began designing what is now known as the Hospital Sant Pau in the early 20th century. This building was intended to be the most important hospital in the city and was projected in different wards to divide the patients depending on the care they need.

Over time, this large complex was modernized, but it never lost the essence that the original architect had given it. Currently, the Hospital de Sant Pau has been considered as one of the most important jewels of Catalan Modernism and is available to all visitors.

Through the guide you can take a tour of this modernist site to discover the history of Barcelona. history of Barcelona, the most curious customs of his city and delve into this artistic movement that was a before and after in the architecture of the time. As you make your way through the tour, you may have some questions, which your guide will be happy to answer:

  • Who was Pere Domènech i Roura?
  • What materials is the Hospital de Sant Pau built of?
  • What is the area dedicated to healthcare?
  • In what year was the Hospital de Sant Pau built?
  • What happened to this enclosure during the Civil War?

Still we do not have information about the price as soon as we have it available, we will update this section.

The price of the visit for an adult is 34€ and 27€ for seniors over 65 years old .

Children (12 to 16 years old)

The fee is 27€ .

Children (5 to 11 years old)

The fee is 12€ .

Under 5 years old

Free of charge.

If you prefer, you can take a private private tour, for which you will have to consult the prices personally: contact us at [email protected]

What will we visit?

Visiting the Sant Pau Hospital with a guide, you will be able to discover the most enigmatic curiosities hidden behind each of the symbols and you will also have the opportunity to contemplate some of the most interesting points of the Art Nouveau Site.

To better understand the reasons why the complex was erected and what are the general lines that dominate the architecture, the tour will be mainly based on the Sant Salvador pavilion . Inside you will have the opportunity to visit an exhibition of the history of medicine and discover all the secrets of Catalan Modernism.

Finally, the guided tour will end at the gardens of the gardens, where you will also be able to where you can also appreciate the imprint of this architectural style.

Tour schedule

Currently no dates planned for this tour. As soon as the schedules are available, we will post them on this site.

Cancellation policies

The cancellation of this tour is free of charge if you do it 24 hours before of the group’s departure. In case you do so with a time frame of less than one day, you will not receive a refund.

Tour details

Tour language.

We have a guide in Spanish to carry out the tours.

The complete tour of the Hospital de Sant Pau takes approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes but it will depend on the speed of the group and how curious you are.

Until when is it possible to reserve?

You can proceed to make your reservation up to 7 hours before of the departure of the tour, if there are still places available. To secure your place in this experience, we recommend that you book a little further in advance.

Accessibility

This tour is accessible for people with reduced mobility. As the space functions as a hospital, the entire Art Nouveau Site is perfectly adapted for wheelchair users.

It is not allowed to take the tour accompanied by pets .

Meeting point:

167 Sant Antoni Maria Claret Street

How to find us?

You can find us at Calle Sant Antoni Maria Claret, 167, with a Civitatis badge and a pink umbrella. a pink umbrella. You will have to approach the group of people waiting there and indicate your name so that the guide can find your reservation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why choose to visit hospital sant pau.

A visit to the Art Nouveau Site of the Hospital de Sant Pau will help you understand a little better the Catalan culture and the type of art that has remained the hallmark of the city. In addition, from this point, you will be very close to the Sagrada Familia the main emblematic building of Barcelona, which is still under construction.

Does the guide have to be tipped?

When you make your reservation for the tour at the Hospital Sant Pau, you will have to pay the amount corresponding to the price of the excursion. Once there, therefore, you should not tip the guide at all.

What other tours can I do near here?

If you want to continue getting to know Barcelona, you will have the opportunity to do so by complementing this tour with other routes. Some of the most recommended by travelers are the Free tour of the Raval of Barcelona, the Free tour of the mysterious and forbidden Barcelona and the Free tour of the Civil War in Barcelona.

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Hospital de Sant Pau: A self-guided tour

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Barcelona is packed to the brim with breathtaking attractions and iconic landmarks aplenty. Still, there's so much to see and do in the city that often some hidden gems escape the public's attention. One such lesser known attraction is the Hospital de Sant Pau, also known as the Hospital of the Holy Cross and Saint Paul or Recinte Modernista De Sant Pau. The hospital was fully functional till 2009 post which it underwent some restoration work and is presently used as a museum and cultural center. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is a strikingly beautiful, modernistic complex which appears to be straight out of a fantasy tale with its grand interiors and medieval exterior. Add some local flavor to your Barcelona trip with a visit to majestic Hospital de Sant Pau .

A brief history of Recinte Modernista De Sant Pau

Often shortened for Hospital de Sant Pau, the hospital's actual name is Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau. All the way back in 1401, Hospital de Sant Pau was the main hospital in Barcelona. This continued till the end of the nineteenth century post which the hospital just couldn't cope with the rapid increase in both the population and territorial growth of Barcelona. After some struggle, the expansion and modernisation project began in 1896, bankrolled by banker Pau Gil i Serra. The name Sant Pau was added in honour of the banker. On January 30 1930, the newly constructed hospital was handed over to King Alfonso XIII of Spain . After 80 years, the hospital moved to a new building next door and the historic facility was opened to visitors. The original hospital buildings from the 15th century now house an art school and the National Library of Catalonia.

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How to take a self guided tour of Hospital De Sant Pau

While there are many guided tours of Recinte Modernista De Sant Pau available, there's something uniquely charming about embarking on a self guided tour of the enchanting former hospital. There are certain sections of the hospital you need to include in your trip. Here's a handy list you help you better plan your self guided tour. Before going, grab tickets to Recinte Modernista De Sant Pau online and save time in queues!

Hospital de Sant Pau Tickets

Embark on a self-guided tour of the Hospital de Sant Pau and revel in the beauty of its art Nouveau architecture, its manicured gardens and grand exhibitions.

  • Savor an unforgettable experience in one of the most beautiful buildings in the world, the Recinte Modernista Sant Pau.
  • Witness the union of architecture and history as you are transported back to the early part of the 20th century.
  • Learn about the transformation of one of the most acclaimed medical institutes into a center for knowledge and learning.

Pavilion Sant Jordi

Originally designed for patient examination and observation, Pavilion Sant Jordi was later used for general emergencies and paediatrics. To make disinfection of tiles easier, the pavilion, along with the Santa Apol-lonia Pavilion, features smaller dimensions. Presently, the pavilion is used to host exhibitions.

Pavilion Sant Rafael

The Sant Rafael Pavilion is a prime example of what former infirmary pavilions looked like. The present version of the pavilion still features the original volumes of the hospitalisation ward and of the day room. The pavilion is named after Rafael Rabell who funded its construction.

Underground tunnels

A fascinating part of your Hospital de Sant Pau tour will involve exploring the underground tunnels which connect the different hospital wards and pavilions with each other. When the hospital was still active, these tunnels were used to transport patients from one location to the other.

Pavillon de la Administracion and Entrance hall

After a short walk through the underground tunnels, you'll reach the Administration Pavilion, which boasts some of the hospital's most colourful and ornate spaces. The Administration Pavilion is used as a venue for meetings and events with the glorious interiors providing a stunning backdrop.

Sala Pau Gil (former library)

Previously a library, Sala Pau Gil or Pau Gil Room is now used for all kinds of seminars and conferences. Featuring a double height space for 200 people, the room is renowned for its dazzling interiors with rich colours, quaint ceramic decoration on the ceiling and two glorious columns.

The Gardens

Hospital de Sant Pau features a beautiful garden which was used to hold medicinal plants that were used directly on-site back in the day. The design, by Domenech i Montaner, was inspired by Gaudi's work on Park Guell.

Hospital de Sant Pau opening hours

April to october.

  • Monday - Sunday: 9:30am to 6:30pm

November to March

  • Monday - Sunday: 9:15am to 5pm

Hospital de Sant Pau location & directions

Sant Pau | Dos de Maig is the nearest metro station from Hospital de Sant Pau, which is a mere five minutes walk. Line 5 of the metro will stop here.

Cartagena -Av. Gaudi is the nearest bus stop from Hospital de Sant Pau. Buses 191, 192, N0, V23 will stop here.

Quick tips for your visit

  • A fabulous mix of neo-Gothic architecture with a visible dash of modernity, Hospital de Sant Pau features bricks, glazed tiles, mosaics and stained glass to create a visual flair that's never associated with hospitals and hard to match up to! Take some time during your trip to snap up some Instagram worth images of the beautiful architecture.
  • Hospital de Sant Pau is quite massive and there's a lot to see. While there's something special about opting for a self guided tour, it's not an option if you're short on time. Opt for a guided tour of the hospital to cover everything there's to see without getting lost in all the beauty!
  • The iconic Sagrada Familia is just 1000 meters from Hospital de Sant Pau so plan your day in a manner which allows you to visit both landmarks.
  • Some rooms of the former hospital can be rented out for companies to hold seminars, and in some cases, even weddings! You might just walk upon someone's special day during your tour of the hospital!
  • Before taking a self-guided tour, read up as much as you can about its rich past. There are fascinating facts associated with everything from the tiles used in the rooms to the placement of the glass.
  • If you're short on time and don't want to risk waiting in line for your Hospital de Sant Pau tickets , book your tickets online. You can also opt for skip the line tickets to walk right past the waiting line.
  • While you're visiting Hospital de Sant Pau, head to the old hospital in Raval where Gaudi died in 1926. Presently, the building houses an art school and the library of Catalonia. You can also grab a bite on the terrace at El Jardi.

Reviews of Hospital de Sant Pau

Sant Pau Art nouveau hospital was the highlight of our visit in the city. The fantastic Gaudi buildings are not to be missed, but the high entrance fees and masses of people is a challenge. At San Pau it is peaceful and there are very few tourists. The complex is not fully restored yet, but the lovely gardens and buildings is amazing. A number of wards and rooms are open and the outsides of the buildings are beautiful. The entrance fee is very reasonable and it is on the hop on bus route and within walking distance from the Sagrada.

- Go586014, October 2019 Tripadvisor

This is a little-known structure - or complex of buildings - that I recommend for any student of art or architecture. The good doctor's vision of health care that centers the patients proves that beauty can be combined with efficiency. The turrets and towers and tiles, all by Lluis Domenich I Montaner, are just as amazing as Gaudi's, and we are so lucky this place is now renovated. It is the LARGEST ART NOUVEAU structure in Europe, and I guess that makes it the largest in the world.

- hilaryc_pittsburgh, October 2019 Tripadvisor

Read what others have to say about a Hospital de Sant Pau on TripAdvisor .

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The Basilica de la Sagrada, more commonly known as the Sagrada Familia , is a large unfinished Roman Catholic basilica designed by Antoni Gaudi. Construction began all the way back in 1882 and while there's still some construction work to be done, the architecture and craftsmanship on display in unrivalled.

A public park consisting of gardens and architectonic elements, Park Guell is located on Carmel Hill which belongs to Collserola, a mountain range. The park was designed by Antoni Gaudi and declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1984. Situated next to the Sierra de Collserola, Park Guell spans over 17 hectares, making it one of the largest green spaces in Barcelona.

A modernist building with an unconventional rough-hewn appearance, Casa Mila is also known as 'the stone quarry'. The last private residence to be designed by Antoni Guadi, the landmark was constructed between 1906 and 1912. The building was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984 and presently hosts exhibitions and other cultural events.

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Sagrada Familia Tour with Hospital Sant Pau

An expert, private guided tour of Gaudi’s temple and Barcelona’s modernist-style hospital.

Two of Barcelona’s most Iconic Buildings

We take you on a complete, private tour of Gaudi’s masterpiece the Sagrada Familia, and of the nearby modernist-style Hospital Sant Pau by his contemporary Luis Domenech i Muntaner.

On this comprehensive tour, your expert guide ensures you don’t miss any of the cathedral’s many unique details. You start with a walk around the exterior of the Sagrada Familia where you discover the meaning and design details of its 13 planned towers and four facades.

Once you have seen the outside of the building, you have skip-the-line passes to the Sagrada Familia’s interior, including a visit to either the Passion or Nativity towers.

Your guide then takes you down to the cathedral’s museum in the crypt to show you Gaudi’s original designs for the Sagrada Familia and the models he made for it.

This tour also includes the modernist-style Hospital Sant Pau by Gaudi’s friend Luis Domenech i Montaner, better known for his iconic Palau de la Musica concert hall.

Hospital Sant Pau is another of Domenech i Muntaner’s architectural gems and one that most visitors to Barcelona miss. No longer a working hospital, the building has a rich history and played a vital role in the Spanish Civil War.

Tour highlights

  • Full guided tour of the Sagrada Familia, with access to the Passion or Nativity tower.
  • Guided walk around the Sagrada Familia with explanation of the building and its details.
  • Guided tour of Hospital Sant Pau
  • Fast track passes to both buildings
  • Transport to and from your hotel

Contact us today for enquiries and bookings for this tour.

Tour duration 4 hours

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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

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Hospital Stant Pau: More than a hospital...

Hospital de Sant Pau: Gardens, Wonders & A Matchless Modernist Building

Built on an enormous 360-acre site covering nine full blocks of Barcelona's Eixample district, a. Hospital de Sant Pau is a facility and an attraction that redefines the meaning of "hospital"

Hospital de Sant Pau History

The modernist architect Domènech i Montaner started the Hospital de Sant Pau project in 1902. His ambitious project became a reality through the generous donation to the city by local aristocrat Pau Gil i Serra.

Domènech i Montaner wanted the hospital to be a place where patients and staff could find solace and healing.

He set out, above all, to avoid the sterile and institutional personality portrayed in the architecture of most hospitals.

He believed that if the patients were to recover they needed color, an agreeable environment, fresh air, trees and a solid sense of the earth.

Doménech i Montaner finished the hospital in 1910. Hospital de Sant Pau is considered to be one of the most significant works of Catalán Modernism, as well as the architect's masterpiece.

Sant Pau Highlights

From the moment you first set eyes upon Hospital de Sant Pau, you can see that Domènech i Montaner succeeded in his desire to make the hospital a welcoming place of healing.

Mosaics of bright yellows, reds and greens adorn the sprawl of brick-red buildings. Windows wear a grid of green wooden panels.

Peaceful pathways give way to lush trees and gardens that transport you away from stodgy hospital stereotypes to a haven of calm.

Sculptures of angels and saints watch over walkways where the sick once wandered.

The hospital is home to 48 pavilions, millions of pieces of mosaic and brick, captivating creativity and a wealth of quiet spaces.

Natural light, the vivid colors and the many decorative and allegorical details make Hospital de Sant Pau a beautiful, original, Barcelona architectural attraction.

Interesting Facts About Hospital de Sant Pau

  • In 1997, UNESCO named the hospital a World Heritage site.
  • Workers used stone from nearby Montjuic during the construction process.
  • It is the largest architectural project of "modernism", the Sagrada Familia being its only rival in size.
  • Prior to its completion, Barcelona did not have an adequate general hospital.
  • Most of the hospital's service areas and hallways are located underground so that patients can enjoy open, verdant above-ground spaces.
  • The hospital's official name is Hospital de la Santa Creu I Sant Pau.

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The main entrance to the Hospital St. Pau.

Hospita de Sant Pau Hours & Contact Information

Opening times for hospital de la santa creu i sant pau:, location & contact information.

  • Hospital de Sant Pau address: Carrer de Sant Quintí, 89, 08026 Barcelona
  • Hospital de Sant Pau Phone Number: +34 93 268 2444
  • Hospital de Sant Pau Directions: You can take the blue metro line to the "Sant Pau/Dos de Maig" stop. It is an 8-10 minute walk from there.

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Barcelona is a city filled to bursting with fantastic architecture, incredible art and amazing culture. But if you’ve ever been during high tourist season, you’ll know that it can get a little overwhelming. Finding those hidden gems is getting harder and harder, but there are still a few real treasures out there. One of those places is the Hospital Sant Pau Barcelona or the Hospital of the Holy Cross and Saint Paul .

You might be thinking, “A hospital you say? That doesn’t sound too exciting. ” Well, this is a hospital unlike any other and nothing like you’ve ever seen before. The Hospital is no longer in use but has been transformed into a tourist destination called the Sant Pau Modernista Precinct . The building has been classified as a World Heritage Site . The reason? This is one of the best examples of Barcelona’s incredible Art Nouveau or Modernisme movement in the city.

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Access & Admission

Although the Hospital is a little out of the way from the main tourist area, it is still easily accessible. The Blue Line Metro stops at Sant Pau/Dos de Maig station which is located 5-minutes walk away from the entrance. The #47 bus route also stops at the station. So if you happen to be near a bus route, it might be easier than the transfers required to get to the blue line. If you’re visiting the Sagrada Familia , one of the best ways to access the Hospital is along the scenic Avinguda de Gaudí . This pedestrian route was actually designed to connect the two significant landmarks.

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Accessibility

The Sant Pau Modernista Precinct has no architectural barriers and is entirely wheelchair accessible. There are lifts to service the second level for those in wheelchairs and those with reduced mobility. Staff are on hand should you require an alternative route or help with access. Entrances to the outbuilding all have sloping ramps to get inside. If you are travelling with a service dog, they are allowed inside so long as you have their identification cards. Remember, disabled visitors are entitled to reduced admission. All in all it is one of the best laid out places in terms of accessibility and I found that to be wonderfully inclusive.

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Self-Guided visits are open Tuesday to Friday from 10 am to 2:30 pm. On the weekends and holidays, the buildings are open a bit longer, from 10 am to 5 pm. The site is closed on December 25th, 26th and January 1st and 6th. Buying Tickets in advance is ALWAYS recommended in Barcelona, especially if you’re travelling during the high season. Ticket Prices for a Self-guided visit are 15 € for adults, but there are discounts for students and seniors.

COVID Considerations

Since the building complex is so spacious and a lot of it is outdoors, it is a great place to feel safe when visiting. The staff on-site have also taken many precautions for visitors. For more information on those measures and what protocol you must follow over on their site go directly to their website .

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Architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner 

While today Gaudi might be the most famous architect out of Barcelona, it was actually Lluís Domènech I Montaner who is considered to be the father of the Catalan Art Nouveau style. Catalan Art Nouveau, better known as “ Modernisme ” was popularized by Gaudi’s loud designs but it all started with Domènech who designed the place we are visiting today.

Lluís Domènech I Montaner was born in Barcelona in 1850. His mother came from a wealthy family and his father was already a working artist. This all lent itself to Domènech being a creative from an early age and having the finances to pursue his studies. After studying physics and mathematics in school, he enrolled in the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando in Madrid . With a background in the science, he went on to learn more about art to become an architect. In addition to the typical studies, he also had a focus in historical heraldry. These heraldric designs are prominent symbols seen throughout the hospital. After finishing his studies, he travelled the world. He wanted to learn as much as possible about the most famous architectural structures in places like Italy, Austria and Germany.

Catalan Nationalism

When he finally returned to Barcelona, he took on a teaching position at the Barcelona School of Architecture. It was there that he taught none other than Antoni Gaudí himself. While inspired by these great international buildings, he also embraced his rich Catalan culture and history in his projects. Domènech was politically committed to Catalan Nationalism. Catalan nationalism is the ideology asserting that the Catalans are a distinct nation. This fight for independence is an issue the region is still struggling with today.

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Catalan Modernisme

This belief in Catalan Nationalism drove Domènech to the creation of Catalan Modernisme. He believed that the very best moments from art history could be found in Medieval Catalonia. It was during his time teachings that he developed the ideologies and element which created the  Modernisme style.

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Many of the elemental decorations in his work were inspired by the Hispano-Arabic architectural traditions that existed in medieval Catalonia. This included mosaics, ceramics and stained glass all arranged together in exquisite harmony. Modernisme rejected bourgeois values and adopted a bohemian style. The characteristics of Modernisme included rich decoration, asymmetry, vegetal and organic motifs, curving and undulating lines, and the use of new dynamic shapes. In addition to the Sant Pau Modernist Precinct, Domènech designed other landmarks in Barcelona such as Fonda Espanya, Lleó Morera House, Fuster House and my favourite, the  Palau de la Música Catalana .

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History of the Building

Walking up to this building, you can’t imagine that the foundations of it date back to 1401! During the great plague of 1348 that swept through Barcelona, about one-third of their population died. Many of these deaths were thought to have been preventable and due to the fact that people simply didn’t have access to public health care. After the plague, the city decided to join together six smaller hospitals to form what would become the “Hospital de la Santa Cruz.” The new hospital was very simple but all the remains of that structure were destroyed in 1588 when a great fire broke out.

The renovations we see today didn’t take place until the 20th century after the patronage of rich banker Paul Gil . Construction on the new hospital began in 1902. To finish the magnum opus Domènech had envisioned it took over 18 years to complete. During the later half of its construction, work was carried out by architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner’s son Joan Domènech i Montaner .

After almost 80 years in operation, the hospital finally outgrew its current space. Plus, despite all the modern architectural inventions the building was past its prime. A new building was required to house all the 21st-century technology that hospitals now require. So the ‘ Nou Hospital De La Santa Creu i Sant Paul ‘ was built next door to make for an easy transition. The old Hospital was still as beautiful as ever and it was named a World Heritage Site in 1997. New renovations took place to turn the space into a mixture of a tourist site and historical archive.

Layout of the Hospital

The Hospital complex covers more than 9 city blocks and consists of over 30 buildings. The Hospital was designed to operate as an autonomous city. The pavilions looked like separate apartment buildings divided by internal “streets” and opulent gardens. The complex contained its own church, convent, kitchens and pharmacy in addition to all the hospital facilities. This meant the sick patient could feel like they were still living their “normal” city lives but always within the safety of the hospital staff and medical offices.

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Before entering into the grounds of the hospital take a minute to admire the entirety of the building from afar. It is such a spectacular sight, and if you didn’t know already that it was a hospital, one would only imagine that it would have to be a church or some kind of regal palace.

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The gates that welcome you into the complex are brilliant gothic wrought iron design. The swirling bars climb up the gates which are capped with a large iron Saint George cross. Although most commonly associated with England, Saint George is actually the patron saint of Catalonia, where they call him “Sant Jordi.” Since the 8th century, Sant Jordi has been adorned with churches and chapels dedicated in his name and every year, they celebrated Sant Jordi Day on April 23rd. Their Sant Jordi day is similar to Valentine’s Day, with a focus on romantic festivities, including the giving and receiving of roses. The rose is significant for Sant Jordi as the legend goes that when he killed the village dragon, roses spilled from the wound. Domènech was passionate about religious iconography and so many elements of the Hospital possess these hidden secrets.

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The fence surrounding the hospital’s perimeter is laid out on a gradual incline, giving the building the appearance of being set on a raised pedestal. In the rest of the enclosure, set into the stone posts are icons of Catalan heraldry as well as the “Cross pattée.” The “Cross pattée” is a type of Christian cross with arms that are narrow at the centre and flare out in a curve. The design is very reminiscent of crosses in medieval art. It was a symbol used by the Teutonic Knights (or Knights Templar) as their emblem.

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On either side of the gates are brick columns, topped with stone blooming flowers, organic motifs, rosettes and more heraldric symbols. On the west side of the gates, under a stone canopy is the image of St. Paul, the patron saint of the Hospital. He stands proudly with his sword in hand.

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Passing through the front gates, step up onto the first tier of stairs. Take a look at the unique design of the front façade. It is oriented on a forty-five-degree angle as if staring straight down at the incredible Sagrada Familia . Although the view is to die for, the reason that Domènech positioned the entrance like this was actually for function over form. Facing this way, the building could take better advantage of the fresh sea air which flowed in. Fresh air was essential for ventilating the Hospital. Fresh air, as we well know after Covid, is necessary to protect from diseases. This kind of facade is called a “chamfered” design. These cut away angeled buildings were a popular design feature in the Eixample district in Barcelona during the art nouveau era. If you’ve toured this neighbourhood you’ll have seen many of them usually surrounding large cross-streets.

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Paul Gil Sculpture

In the center of the wide-stepped entrance is a giant stone statue dedicated to the memory of Pau Gil . Aristocratic banker Pau Gil was born in Barcelona but spent much of his life in Paris. But his love for the city never waned. When he died in 1898 he had no wife or children. Instead, he willed his money to be given to the hospital to build a new modern complex. Gil wanted to see the hospital transformed not only in its technology but also in its artful architecture. Gil’s image is carved atop a stone plinth. Below him is a group of three figures. In the centre, a gentle nurse embraces a child on her left and an old gentleman on her right. Representing the poor and sick who are all welcomed with open arms here in the hospital.

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Lower Level Facade

The main facade of the hospital is divided into four main spaces. On the lower level are three large access doors surrounded by raised arches. Floral decorated columns support these arches. Each of the archivolts is decorated with blue and white tiles with the initials “P” and “G” set into the tiles. These initials allude of course to the hospital’s patron Paul Gil. Set amongst the initials are a series of iconographic elements which repeat throughout the entire building like the Saint Geroge Cross and Catalan emblem.

Four stone sculptures peer out of the columns. These were made by sculptor Pablo Gargallo . They represent three theological virtues (faith, hope and charity). The fourth sculpture is “man” also called “ the work .” Work, or in this case the architecture, is thought to be the vessel in which man can help communicate these values.

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Along the facade of the building are a series of decorative mosaics made by  Francesc Lavarta  and  Mario Maragliano . Barons, saints and doctors are all presented together to tell the story of the hospital’s history. The images are so rich and illustrative they feel like a storybook embedded into the bricks. The history wraps around the entirety of the building, so what you see on the front is continue on the other side’s inner courtyard.

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Second Level

The second level comprising a series of Trefoil windows with rich neo-Gothic designs. The middle section of the trefoil is much taller than the rest, differing from most traditional trefoil windows. These kinds of windows are also known as lobed windows. The wooden frames are painted in a pale pastel green which feels so iconically art nouveau . Set inside are bright coloured stained glass which we will study in more detail when we enter inside.

Third Level

The third floor is dominated by a large blind arch with the coats of arms of the Hospital of Sant Pau embedded within. It is a slight evolution from the original coat of arms of the Hospital of the Holy Cross. This newer version features the royal crown atop the shield and instead of two kneeling angels, are two triumphant angels standing guard. The sculpture was designed by Eusebi Arnau. The angels on either side of the shield represent two versions of Aesculapius. Aesculapius was the Greek god of medicine, aptly featured in the hospital. The one on the left holds the book of life in his hands, whereas the one on the right carries a staff with a coiled serpent. This symbol is called a Caduceus and is often seen in pharmacies as their symbol.

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Hospital of the Holy Cross Shield

The shield in the center depicts the emblem of the Hospital of the Holy Cross. This coat of arms contains the Saint George’s cross on the left combined with the coat of arms of Barcelona on the right. Behind the circular iconography, there is a celestial sphere decorated with blue and yellow mosaic. The crown atop the shield is also part of the Barcelona emblem.

Protective Saints

On either side of the central shield are two sets of saints set against a golden yellow mosaic background. The east and west side are divided by the sexes of the saint, with St. Joseph, St. James and St. John on the right and St. Teresa, St. Anna and St. Catherine of Siena on the left. Each one of these saints has an element of protection given to their patronage.

Although difficult to see from below, these saints are more realistically carved than the angular designs of the saint on the lower level. Perhaps because these saints were based on real people rather than virtues, their visages are given a more authentic depiction by artist Gargallo . Ornately carved canopies protect the sculptures from the elements.

Clock Tower

The crowning glory of the facade is the 32 meter-tall clock tower. One of the facts I love most about the tower is the fact that it is hollow. To support this lace-like tracery design there are buttresses made of stone that sprout from the sides of the quadrangular brick base. The design of the tower is also angeled out slightly to give it that slightly unique appearance. The supporting tower is decorated with a tracery railing that blends shields with alternating crosses and bars. At the pinnacle of the facade is one singular angel, her hands placed together softly to the side of her face.

Admission Gate

Enter the building through the lower left-hand entrance to where you’ll find the ticket office. Once entering you’ll head off to the left to explore a few small exhibition rooms which give you a detailed history and lots more information about the building. There are also a few scale models of the complex on display too. These really give you an idea of the scope and size of the hospital. Looking at the model, you can see how the floorplan and pattern of the streets is designed to look like a human being. The admission pavilion is the person’s arms spread wide to receive the incoming patients. The pavilions inside are the ribs that hold the place together.

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Hypostyle Hall

One of the first rooms you’ll pass through is the underground Hypostyle Hall . This room has some of the most beautiful brick arches with brilliant green ceramic decorations inlaid. These arches are mainly structural, yet they are beautifully decorated. This idea of adding decoration to even the most minute details is what the architecture of the hospital is all about. Originally this space was designed to be used as a communication and distribution office. In later years, it actually went on to house the emergency service department. The hall provides access to the staff to the underground galleries that connected the outdoor pavilions. In total, there is over one kilometre of underground hallways that connect all these seemingly separate outdoor buildings together.

All 27 of the various outdoor pavilions were connected together through these unseen underground passages. These were used to transfer patients to different hospital areas without other patients seeing them. This allowed the outdoors to be a more peaceful environment and the medical aspect of the complex was almost hidden away. These tunnels acted like the arteries of the hospital. Once more lending itself to the idea that the hospital itself is a living being. Functionally, these tunnels also hid away all the wires and pipes for the gas, electricity, water and steam.

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Exiting the tunnels you will come out in the open-air courtyard and surrounding pavilions. While the street-facing facade has a much European art nouveau style, the interior pavillions are clearly inspired by Moorish architecture. Much of Catalonia’s most iconic architecture was inspired by Moorish architecture. Domènech was obsessed with including these types of references into his buildings.

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The gardens that surround the building are not just decorative but highly functional. Specific plants were selected to help purify the air. These plants helped protect the patients from bacteria, shielded them from the wind, conserved the humidity and even were thought to influence the climate. The plants dotted around the gardens include horse chestnuts, American maples, cedars, cypresses, and white firs. Lime and orange trees also pop up around the entrances to the pavilions. There is also a large medicine garden where laurel, lavender, rosemary and lemon bushes grow. These plants once would have been harvested by the nurses and turned into medicine in the nearby pharmacy.

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The Administration Pavilion 

Behind the courtyard is the domineering Administration Pavilion . When the hospital was in operation, this would have been the first place the infirm would be brought. It was meant to be the most spectacular part of the complex. As if wrapping the patients up in a comforting blanket of beauty from the minute they arrived. As soon as you walk in the doors your eyes are immediately drawn to the bright pink tiled dome on the ceiling. Pink is such a thematic colour for this space as can be seen in the domes as well as in the pink marble columns, and pink-hued tiled floor. Pink is a popular colour to paint hospital as it is thought to induce calm. The column’s capitals sprout various plants and leaves around the top. These flowers are each representative of medicinal plants and herbs cultivated to make medicine.

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Symbolic Emblems

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One of the most important parts of the entry is the emblems emblazoned on the tiled ceiling. The emblems are located in the corner of the vaults. Each one symbolizes a variety of different aspects of the hospital’s history.

Barcelona Coat of Arms

One of the most repetitive images that you should learn to identify is the Coat of Arms of Barcelona . This emblem contains four red bars in either corner paired with two red Saint George’s   Crosses  on the opposite sides. The House of Barcelona  was a medieval dynasty that ruled Barcelona’s County continuously from 878 until 1410.

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Holy Cross Hospital

One of the more complex emblems is that of the Holy Cross Hospital. You can find this symbolized with the sword of Saint Paul struck across an open book. The name of the saint imprinted upon the pages of the book. On either corner of the shield are more images of the cross of Saint George and the red bars of the House of Barcelona.

The blue lion was the symbol of Banca Gil (The Bank of Gil). This was the institution that founder Pau Gil helped operate with his brother. Their motto can be seen around the lion, it states “ Happiness in honesty,” a truly great motto to live by.

Coat of arms of Paris

Curious to find in a Catalan building is the image of a ship behind a series of Fleur de Lys . The Fleur is de Lys is typically associated with France. And in fact, this is the ancient symbol of the Coat of arms of Paris . The ship represented is the symbol of the powerful corporation of Nautes or the water merchants. The reason for the emblem of Paris is because it was the primary residence of Pau Gil .

Alpha & Omega

The dates 1905 and 1910 are numbers that pop up all over the place that the Admission Pavillion . The date 1905 is often accompanied by the Greek letter alpha to symbolize the beginning of construction. 1910 is accompanied by the letter omega to indicate the end.

Toisó d’Or

Similar to the House of Barcelona is the Toisó d’Or . The Toisó d’Or is made of the same four red bars on their own. It is a symbol that dates back to 1445 with the appointment of the counts of Barcelona as members of the order.

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Principal Stairway

The east side of the building is the ornately embellished Principle Stairway . The large stone sculpture that sits at the front of the staircase depicts the order of the Brothers of the Charity of the Holy Cross and the Hospital Sisters of the Holy Cross. Standing atop a rosette capital on the left column is a nun and a priest on the right. These figures represent the religious orders that have run the hospital over the years.

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The image in the center depicts Martin of Tours on horseback in cutting his cloak in two. He gave half of his cloak to a beggar he saw on the street to keep the man warm in the cold winter. This act of kindness towards his fellow man makes him a famous French saint seem in many public institutions. He represents the idea of giving a part of yourself to the community. Surrounding the saint, inside the ogival frame, are two monstrous gargoyles who seem to be screaming. Perhaps these little devils are angry at the saintly actions of Martin.

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The steps up the stairs are made of rich Macael marble. The best part is the stone railings are the unique perforated icons of “G” and the hospital cross embedded inside. It is such an interesting detail and one I haven’t seen almost anywhere else in the world.

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Arm-like columns project into the ceiling, curving upwards to brace the elaborate ceiling vaults. Above your head are rich the ribbed vaults that are fantastically glazed in caramel-coloured paint. The scene looks more like a bee’s honeycomb than a rooftop. Ceramic floral reliefs bloom at the joining point in the vault. Behind the vaults are a large sprawling mosaic of white and yellow botanic motifs bfilling the entire ceiling.

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But the crowning glory is the multi-coloured octagonal stained glass window by Rigalt I Granell . The domed window is very reminiscent of the large octagonal stained glass inside the Palau de la Música , also designed by Domènech . The yellow theme of the area continues onto the glass and beautifully bright blues seem to bleed in from the centre adding a wonderfully contrasting element to the design.

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Domènech i Montaner Hall

Hidden away, on the second floor of the Admission Pavillion is one of the most unbelievable rooms in the entire complex. Named after the architect, the Domènech I Montaner Hall is now used as an event space. The hall is so bright, with a huge four-meter-tall stained glass window flanking the outer edge of the room. Through the brightly coloured designs, you can make out the courtyard and pavilions inside the hospital. Unlike some areas of the hospital, this room has undergone almost no renovations over the years.

Stone Carvings

The balcony gallery which runs around the room has a beautifully carved railing with inscriptions in Catalan which reads, “Succour Lord, the benefactors and the inmates of this Holy House both here on earth and in Heaven inspire feelings of charity towards it. Amen.”

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The stone tympanum above the entrance, called the Porta Sant Esteve, was sculpted by Gargallo. It was inspired by portals inside Gothic Palaces and churches that were adorned with symbolic depictions like this. Once more, we see the image of St. George defeating the dragon. Just above St. George is the emblem of Barcelona, as you can just make out those four bars etched onto the shield. On either side of the scene, under a small canopy, are depictions of “ maceros .” Maceros were municipal officials, armed initially guards, who protected royal residences with their weapon of choice, the great mace.

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Polychrome Mosaics

The room is a sensation as decorative features seem to explode from every corner. Everything from pottery, ceramics, glass and mosaics have been added to the walls, floor and ceiling to make the room appear as opulent as possible. The ceramic tiles and mosaics are one of the best parts of the room. The floral motif surrounds the columns climb like ivy to the ceiling where they bloom. Like the ocean waves, the roof has an interesting shape, supported by substantial spherical arched vaults, all covered in that pale yellow, orange and blue mosaic work. The warm tones of the tiles blend in perfectly with the red hue of the bricks, making the entire space feel cozy despite being so open and grand.

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There is a beautiful frame of chromatic mosaics on the east wall, which is designed to look like a curtain of peacock feathers. In Christianity, the spiritual meaning of peacock feathers is virtues. On the lower part of the wall is a band of broken tiles forming a pattern of blue flowers topped with large white ceramic roses. This style of design is called “Trencadís” or “broken tile shards.” The use of broken ceramics throughout the hospital was an example of the resurgence of traditional craftsmanship made famous in Catalan Art Nouveau architecture. The trend of using Trencadís can be found inside this building and in the more popular Art Nouveau Park Güell.

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Stained Glass

Stained glasses windows that adorned this room and the hallways inside the Admission Pavilion make the space feel more like a church than the hospital. All of the stained glass windows were made by Casa Rigalt i Granell. Rigalt and Granell were two families in Barcelona who came together to form one of the best-stained glass workshops in Europe. The largest window in the room that stretches to the ceiling has floral motifs in the shape of a Christian cross. But where you’d usually find the top of the cross, we see once more the coat of arms of the Hospital. The rest of the windows are decorated with blue and yellow flowers.

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Wall Painting

On the west wall, there is a large painting by Aleix Clapés . Alex Clapés was a Catalan modernist artist who was great friends with Antoni Gaudí. Although today he is much less known than his good friend, he remains one of Barcelona’s most prolific art nouveau artists. Clapés’ art aimed to bring individuals closer to spirituality and mysticism. The painting on display here depicts the Transfer of the remains of Saint Eulalia . Saint Eulalia is the patron saint of the nearby Barcelona Cathedral, where inside a lavish crypt, her remains are protected. Clapés’ almost blurry painting makes us feel like the entire scene is moving and alive. The colours are brilliant, and it has a genuinely heavenly, almost celestial, quality to it.

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Opposite the hall, there is a beautiful view across to the Sagrada Familia that you should take in before you head out.

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Stained Glass Corridor

Back on the first floor, take a walk down the east corridors. These corridors will lead you to the old library and the various event spaces. The gallery is one of my favourite parts of the building, yet I feel like many people gloss right over it. The stained glass windows and tiled ceiling all contain more symbolic emblems continued in from the main lobby. It’s beautiful to see how much ornamentation is given to what could be just a simple walkway.

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Old Cambó Library

Originally designed as a library, the Old Cambó Library is today used for events. This room contains one of the most impressive ceiling features. The rest of the room has been modernized, but the star of the show is the roof. The vaults are covered in tile inspired by Mudéjar art. Mudéjar art, also known as Mudéjar style, refers to a type of ornamentation and decoration used in the Iberian Christian kingdoms, primarily between the 13th and 16th centuries. It combines both brick and ceramics to achieve this beautifully soft and rough texture.

Inside the ceramic details, we can once more see the “P” and “Gil” details referring to Paul Gil in addition to the St Geroge Cross, a shelf of Paris and shield of the Holy Cross. Just behind the vaults, you can see ceramic shell designs descending from the ceiling. It indeed looks like an organic piece of matter that simply grew on the top.

The Archive Space

If you head back along the opposite side of the building to the west wing, you can see the  Archive Space.  This part of the building is also used as an event room and concert hall. The most impressive part of this room is the elaborately painted ceramic ceiling. The vaults holding the roof up are made of thick ceramic ribs with floral finials at the tips. In between the vaults are rays of sunlight and blue clouds in the background. In the sun’s center is the coat of arms of the apostle Saint Paul for whom the hospital is named.

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Walking back into the interior courtyard, take a look at all the different pavilions. Each of the Pavillions was specifically designed to house a different department of the hospital. Everything from obstetrics to major surgery. While they might look like carbon copies of each other from afar, they each have their own unique character and symbolism woven into the architecture. The buildings on the right were designated for men. They were named after protective male saints and each one has a sculpture of the saint above the entrance. In contrast, the pavilions on the left were named after female saints or invocations of the Virgin.

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The pavillions located closest to the admissions building are actually much smaller than the other ones in succession. Each one is slightly larger than the next, creating an optical illusion with perspective. This method of using perspective to create the idea of larger space was a modern method and one which felt more like magic than science. The reason for separating so many buildings was so that the contagious or infectious diseases wards were sure to be far away from the other patients.

All the outdoor pavilions are covered in that iconic bright red brick. The juxtaposition of the red bricks and lush greenery makes the visual impact of the courtyard even more prolific. All of the roofs are covered in a rainbow of Arabic-inspired tiles. The ceramic tiles were used both inside and out. Both for aesthetic purposes but also for sanitary ones, as they could easily be cleaned compared to more porous materials like paint or wallpaper.

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San Salvador Pavilion

Only three of the pavilions are open to the public these days. Others have been transformed into study spaces and government offices. The first building on the east side of the complex is the San Salvador Pavillion . This was the first pavilion to take in patients in 1916.

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Above the doorway to the Pavillion is the large stone sculpture of San Salvador himself. Salvador of Horta was a Spanish Franciscan brother from Catalonia. He was a miracle worker known for curing the sick with his mystical powers. But like anything that cannot be understood, it is seen by the higher up as suspicious. Salvador was arrested by the Spanish inquisition in 1560. But unlike many others who faced the inquiry, Salvador managed to walk away unscathed.

Domènech I Montaner felt that beauty contributed to the well-being of his patient. So unlike the white-washed walls of hospitals today, the interiors of these buildings were like a secret garden. They were decorated in high art nouveau stylings with soft and calming nuances. Pastel in green, yellow, blue, lilac and pink are the most prevalent coloured. These soft tones were thought to help the sick relax and feel at peace.

In the wards, Domènech designed a small circular room at the front. This room was surrounded by windows making it feel bright and airy. It was thought up as the “day room” for the sick and their relatives to gather. This space felt less clinical than their bedrooms and was thought to help the patients feel like they were outside. This was especially important for any patient too weak to actually walk out into the gardens.

Today, the building is used as an exhibition space detailing the history of the institution and Domènech I Montaner. Many different vintage medical instruments, pharmacy and apothecary items and ephemera from the hospital are displayed like a mini-museum.

Operations House

The Operations House is named after exactly what went on here; operations. The primary area of the building was the second floor where actual operations took place. But the building also contained a disinfection area in the basement, anesthesia and postoperative room on the first floor and an X-ray department on the third floor. Patients would be brought into the operation room from their wards through the underground tunnels which connected all the buildings.

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Unlike the other pavilions, which were mainly run by the nurses, this one was dedicated to doctors. Therefore the devotions of the building are to Saints Cosme and Damian, who were patron saints of medicine. On the windows on either side of the entrance, you can spot splendidly colourful mosaics of the saints. A series of mosaic panels are located on the side and rear windows depicting invocations of the Virgin of the Forsaken, of Mercy and of the Assumption.

Above the window pediments on the second floor are a series of blue and white mosaic designs in art nouveau floral motifs. On the third floor, also above the pediments, are ceramic panels with mosaic eagles with wings spread against a blue backdrop and golden yellow sun. Above the eagle’s head is a laurel wreath surrounding the names of the various distinguished Catalan and Spanish doctors.

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The stonework and decorations which cover the rest of the facade are full of iconographic elements. Gargoyles peer down from the balcony, angels hold up the sides of the arched portico, lions protect the balcony above and tiny angels holding their hands in prayer dot the upper balustrade. At the top of the building stands a large angel with her wings opened wing matching her spread open arms. Below her are the coats of arms of Barcelona flanked by another two lions, this time wearing royal crowns.

You can still enter the Operations Pavillion and explore the first floor. One of the most incredible aspects of this building is the huge glass windows located inside the operating theatre. This allowed natural light into the theatre to aid the doctor in their work.

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Just behind the Operations House, on the left side, is the San Rafael Pavillion built in 1914. This Pavillion was constructed with funds donated by Rafael Rabell , for whom the building is named. On all the little turrets which jut out from the northern side of the building are a band of mosaics in a floral motif. Four golden emblems encircle the design with the icons of the hospital, Barcelona and St. George and Paul Gil’s initials. But unlike the rest, San Rafael Pavillion ‘s is not decorated with the “P” and “G” like the others and instead contains the letter “R” embedded in mosaics.

Raphael was actually one of god’s archangels and is traditionally associated with healing. He was the angel who stirred the waters of the pool of Bethesda where Jesus was able to miraculously heal a paralyzed man.

The interior space of the San Rafael nursing pavilions is a wonder to explore, and it has been transformed to appear exactly as it once looked when the hospital was in operation. As you enter the doors, you are greeted by a series of floral tiles with pink and red roses, blue daisies surrounded by green laurel, acanthus and chestnut leaves.

While the bed themselves are relatively plain, the walls behind them are decorated with coral-coloured flowers and lush green leaves. Above each of the windows are ceramic mosaic tympanums with various emblems placed upon them, surrounded by a bed of flora.

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Stretching up to the ceiling are the brilliant green-tiled arches that look like vines or plant stalk. The roof itself is embellished with multiple green and white tiles that look like a knot of ivy growing across the rooftop. The side of the walls contains vault keys that operate as ventilation windows and allow the rooms to look spacious and serve the patients by allowing fresh air. Today it exhibits a historical recreation of the hospital ward as well as an exhibit on the hospital’s history.

Monastery Pavilion

At the back of the complex is the  Monastery Pavilion  entirely designed by  Pere Domènech , Lluis Domenèch I Montaner’s son. It feels quite bulky compared to the rest of the pavilions. You can really see how he just didn’t have the same artistic vision as his father. The Monastery Pavilion was used by the nuns who worked as nurses at the hospital and lived on the site. The central part of the building was where the nurses lived, and the east and west wings were where you could find the hospital kitchen and pharmacy.

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If you’re exhausted from all the visuals which have been flashing in front of your eyes, I cannot recommend more taking a seat in their restaurant to enjoy a restorative meal! While many museum and art gallery cafes are pretty mediocre, this one is fabulous!

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The Catalan food is super traditional, and the location is unbeatable! Whether you decide to eat indoors under their stunning ceramic vaults or outdoors to admire the wonderful admission facade, you are always sure to dine in one of the most opulent environments! It’s really the perfect way to end your tour.

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I genuinely hope you enjoyed this detailed guide to the Art Nouveau and Modernisme wonders to be found inside the beautiful Sant Paul Hospital. It is honestly one of my favourite places in Barcelona that so many people seem to miss out on. Let me know in the comment what your favourite part of the tour was or where you’d want me to cover in my next guided walkthrough.

Happy Travels, Adventurers!

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View of the Hospital Sant Pau (Barcelona, Spain)

Visit the interior of Hospital de Sant Pau (Barcelona, Spain) | Recinte Modernista

Sant pau hospital - a modernist hidden gem.

In 1401 the City Council and the Bishopric of Barcelona agreed to unify the 6 existent hospitals of the city into one single facility. It was the origin of the Hospital de la Santa Creu (hospital of the Holy Cross), the second oldest hospital institution in Europe still active nowadays. Their headquarters were located in the Raval district, in a medieval building whose cloister is now a public garden, and some of its wings are now libraries. 

But in the 1800’s the population of Barcelona had grown a lot due to the industrial revolution and the immigrants coming to work in the factories. The hospital facilities were not enough to serve the city. At the end of the 1800’s the industrialist and philanthropist Pau Gil decided to make a large donation to promote the construction of a new hospital in the Eixample District that was starting to be built outside of the old town. His only condition was to add the name of his patron saint, Saint Paul, to the name of the hospital. That’s how the Hospital de la Santa Creu became the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, although locals prefer to use “Santa Creu” to refer to the medieval building and “Sant Pau” for the modernist enclosure and the modern hospital facilities.

The architect Domenech i Muntaner was assigned its design, and for that he travelled to visit the leading sanitary facilities in Europe, learning about the newest hygiene trends. He planned a mini-city of 48 pavilions, and teamed up with the best artists of the time to decorate them according to the Modernisme style that was in vogue at the time. The construction works started in 1902, and the first patients arrived in 1916, even if the official innauguration wouldn’t be until 1930.

The dream of building 48 pavilions was never fulfilled, and only less than half were finally completed. With the years, the pavilions were altered to add divisions and mezzanines due to the lack of space. By 1990 the need of modern facilities was evident, and the local institutions got together to plan the project. It would occupy the backside of the modernist enclosure, facing Ronda Guinardó. In the meantime, in 1997 the Hospital de Sant Pau (Recinte Modernista) together with another work by Domenech i Muntaner, the Palau de la Musica Catalana , were declared Human Heritage by UNESCO and the restoration of the pavilions started. The new Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau moved to the new headquarters in 2003.

Exterior façade of the Hospital de Sant Pau

Administration pavilion of the Hospital Sant Pau de Barcelona

The entrance to the Hospital de Sant Pau modernista is made from the corner of Cartagena and Sant Antoni Maria Claret, which is also where ends Avinguda Gaudi. Three elegant wrought iron gates give entrance to the encloser. The central gate is flanked by 2 groups of three columns holding the coats of arms of the City of Barcelona and the Barcelona Cathedral, founders of the Hospital de la Santa Creu. To the left of the gates stands another column with the sculpture of Saint Paul, and the the right another column supports a Cross - for the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau.

As you cross the door, a staircase leads to the Administration Pavilion, and in the middle of the staircase there’s a fountain with the bust of Pau Gil, the donor and promotor of the construction of the modernist hospital. The pavilion is built in V shape, with an impressive central façade and two wings. The entrance to the pavilion is made through three arched doors, which are sided by 4 sculptures: the three Christian Theological Vertues (Faith, Hope and Charity), plus one more virtue added by Domenech i Muntaner: “Action”. 

In the center of the façade there’s two angels holding the coat of arms of the Hospital de la Santa Creu, flanked by 6 saints (three females and three males). The building is crowned with a spire featuring a clock, inspired in the medieval belltowers. That gives the pavilion the aspect of a monastery or an old university or Catholic private school rather than a hospital. As for the two wings, their outside is more simple, just decorated with rows of windows and some mosaics about the history of the hospital located in the edges of the estructure.

Hypostyle room and underground tunnels

The entrance to the Hospital de Sant Pau Recinte Modernista is made through the side door on the street level of the right wing (on the left wing there used to be a tapas bar, but it closed with the pandemic). After buying your tickets or getting them scanned if you bought them only (which is recommended to avoid wasting time), you access the hypostyle hall, a room with columns that acts as the basement of the Administration Pavilion.

The Hypostyle room connects with the network of underground tunnels that connect with the different pavilions. They were used by the hospital staff, and at one point even ambulances came in. It’s almost 1km (about half a mile) of underground tunnels! The visit takes you through the central tunnel before taking a detour to the right, to enter the Pavilion of Sant Salvador from its basement.

Pavilion of Sant Salvador

Nowadays it hosts a museum exhibit about the hospital with models of the hospital and a giant structure, vaguely resembling a dragon shape, made of images of the works of the architect Domenech i Muntaner, and references to his political involvement and his career teaching at the architecture school of the University of Barcelona (did you know that Antoni Gaudi was actually one of his students?)

Gardens of the Hospital de Sant Pau

The central gardens of the hospital structure the organization of the pavilions: to the right those for the male patients, and to the left, those for the females. Actually, the ones to the right are named after male saints, and the ones to the left after female saints or virgins. The gardens were a vital part of the project, as Domenech i Muntaner believed that the contact with nature helped in the healing process, and the plants were chosen for their medicinal properties.

Also, from the gardens it’s easy to realize that the pavilions are not structured following the rest of the structure of the Eixample district, but diagonally to it: that was made in purpose to maximize the sun exposition as well as the sea breeze, that purified the air.

This is where during the Christmas season they organize a Christmas Lights Garden.

Surgery Pavilion (Casa d'Operacions)

In the center of the garden stands the Surgery Pavilion, dedicated to the patron saints of Medicine Saint Damien and Saint Cosmas (depicted on mosaics by the windows of the façade). The blue mosaics on top of the balcony and under gothic arches list the names of prominent Catalan doctors.

Go around the pavilion to find the back door that gives you access to Surgery Theater: a semi-circular room with windows all around them and grades around a central table. This was the place where operations took place: the windows allowed for sunlight, in times when electricity wasn’t a reliable source of light and the surgeries had to take place during daytime. The grades around the surgery table allowed medicine students to attend for educational purposes.

The surgery room has two adjacent rooms, one in each side, one was the anesthesia room, the other the post-operations room. In them you can see displayed some surgery instruments used in the early 1900’s. On the second floor there were two more surgery rooms (the windows can be seen from outside) and the third floor had labs and water sterilization machines.

Pavilion of Sant Rafael

There were no partitions: the pavilions were communal dormitories. Domenech i Muntaner was involved in the design of the beds and other pieces of furniture. He even indicated the number of paint layers that needs to be used on the beds. This was the last pavilion built in life of Domenech i Muntaner – after his death it was his son who continued the works. Interestingly, unlike the other pavilions decorated with Ps and Gs for Pau Gil (the Hospital promotor), this one is decorated with Rs in the walls, for Mr. Rafael Rabell, one of the most important donors to the project.

The pavilion also displays a museum exhibit about the history of the Sant Pau Hospital (Barcelona, Spain), with panels with information as well as pictures and old medical instruments. As you exit it, look up to see the sculpture of the archangel Sant Raphael: it’s a portrait of one of the sons of Domenech i Muntaner, who died young at the age of 23 years old during the construction of the hospital.

At the end of the gardens stands another building, that is actually three bodies linked by bridges. The central body was the convent where the nuns that worked as nurses at the hospital used to live. They were the main work force at the hospital in the old times, as there were very few doctors. The left wing was the hospital pharmacy, and the one to the right were the kitchens. This building was added by Domenech i Muntaner’s son Peter in the 1920’s.

Other pavilions not open to the public

Left side (female pavilions).

  • Pavilion of  Santa Apolonia . First starting from the Administration Pavilion. Together with its twin, the pavilion of Saint Georges, they are the smallest pavilions of the Hospital de Sant Pau in Barcelona. It’s currently used for temperary exhibits and it’s closed to the public when there’s no exhibit on show.
  • Pavilion of Our Lady of El Carme . Second to the left. Currently being restored.
  • Pavilion of Our Lady of La Mercè . Third to the left. It is currently used as headquarters of international institutions.
  • Pavilion of Our Lady of Montserrat . Last to the left before the Convent. Closed to the public.

RIGHT SIDE (Male pavilions)

  • Pavilion of Saint Georges (Sant Jordi) . First from the right, starting from the Administration Pavilion. Just as its twin, the Pavilion of Santa Apolonia, it is used for temporary exhibits and only open when there’s an exhibit going on.
  • Pavilion of Sant Leopold . Third to the right. Currently housing headquarters of various institutions. The pavilion was named after a nephew of Pau Gil, Leopold Gil, and the saint crowning the entrance is a portrait of him.
  • Pavilion of Sant Manel . Fifht and last to the right. This pavilion is also used as offices of various international institutions.

Administration Pavilion

Take the grand staircase to the left, presided by a esculpture of Saint Martin of Tours on a horse. He represents charity, as a reminder that the Hospital de la Santa Creu was a hospital for the poor. As you walk up, you’ll be mesmerized at the gorgeous stained glass skylight and the impressive wrought iron lamp. Take first the corridor to the left, taking you to the central part of the building. From the windows you’ll see a great view of Sagrada Familia. 

In front of the windows, there’s the door leading to the Domenech i Muntaner room, that preserves the original decoration. There’s a painting about how  the remains of Saint Eulalia, patron saint of Barcelona, were taken from the church of Santa Maria del Mar to the Cathedral. The words on the balcony translate as “Lord, protect the benefactors of this house, in heaven as on earth”.

Retrace your steps to the stairs, and now take the corridor going on the opposite direction. Along it there’s offices, some currently in use, some freed of furniture so you can see their original looks. At the end of the corridor you’ll reach the conference room from its second floor, the best place to admire its tiled ceiling.

Walk down the stairs to reach the ground level, then exit through the corridor that takes back to the entrance hall. It’s lined up with colorful stained glass windows in one side and more offices in the other. The visit is over: to exit you’ll have to go back to the gardens, and walk down the slope on the right. The exit is through a gift shop in the basement of this wing of the Administration Pavilion, right were you started.

Pavilions outside of Sant Pau Recinte Modernista

There’s a handful of pavilions that are outside the Hospital de Sant Pau Recinte Modernista. They weren’t originals from Domenech i Muntaner’s times and that’s why they were not included in the monumental enclosure. But in case you are curious, it’s the following ones:

  • Chapel of the Hospital . Facing Sant Antoni Maria Claret street, it is still used as a parish church. Designed by Domenech i Muntaner, his son had to modify the original project after the architect’s death due to economical restraints. The result is less monumental, but preserves the idea of a chapel open to the street so it can be accessed without having to cross the hospital area. To one side there’s a wing used by the friars that worked for the hospital (known as the “seminar” even if technically it wasn’t one), the other for the priests. Pere Domenech also attached to the right a small pavilion (Sant Roc), that housed a parking with a weighbridge for the delivery trucks.
  • Pavilions of Sant Frederic, Santa Victoria and Sant Antoni . Accessed from a gate to the right of the Chapel, they are are now used for offices of different departments of the modern Barcelona Hospital de Sant Pau. Sant Frederic and Santa Victoria were built by Pere Domenech although planned initially by his father. The pavilion of Santa Victoria was actually designed by Domenech i Muntaner when it was clear that the original project of 48 pavilions wasn’t going to happen, so it has no “twin”, it has a much more humble architectural style not aligned with the others, and it occupies a space that was originally destined for other non-medical facilities. Sant Antoni was designed and built by Pere Domenech in 1932, but it’s suffered many alterations to adapt it to medical uses.
  • Casa de la Convalescencia . Corner of Sant Antoni Maria Claret and Sant Quinti streets. The Convalescence House was an institution related to the medieval Hospital de la Santa Creu, that wasn’t originally going to move to the new hospital facilities. But once the ambitious original project was abandoned, the land available encouraged them to come. Domenech i Muntaner designed for them what many consider one of the last modernist buildings in Barcelona, even if it was executed by his son after he died. The building consists of two wards, one for male patients and one for females, united by a central chapel. Each ward had communal dormitories as well as private rooms with access to the gardens. They also had separate kitchens and bathrooms for each ward. The building is currently occupied by the Autonomous University of Barcelona. The side of the ward facing Sant Quintí street has a bar accessible from the street.
  • Pavilion of Our Lady of the Assumpció. Access via a gate on Cartagena street and through the road that from Sant Antoni Maria Claret goes around the back of the Recinte Modernista. Twin of the pavilion of Sant Frederic, they are the two modernist pavilions that Pere Domenech built in the style of the ones designed by his father: the rest of his projects are considered eclectic style. In the 1960’s the building had become a urology clinic, the Fundacio Puigverd, and due to the need of more space the pavilion was altered and modern extensions were attached to it.

Planning your visit to the Hospital de Sant Pau Interior

Address : C/ de Sant Antoni Maria Claret, 167, 08025 Barcelona (Spain). Get directions from Googlemaps . Website : http://www.santpaubarcelona.org/ Closest subway station : Sant Pau | Dos de Maig (L5, blue) Closest Tourist Bus stop : Cartagena, 325-329. Get your tickets here . Opening hours : Every day from 10AM to 5PM (April to October until 6.30PM)

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In this wonderful tour we have prepared for you to visit two treasures by the two most famous modernist architects of Catalonia! First you will go inside the jewel in the crown of Gaudí’s works: The Sagrada Família Church, a simply astonishing piece of art! Although incomplete, the Basilica is a revolutionary temple, which combines height and lightness in a way no one else has done before but Gaudí.  Discover the symbolism encrypted in this masterpiece and “read” the “stone Bible” as the great architect named it. By the time when Sagrada Família will be finished, it will have three façades and eighteen towers, with its highest point at 180 metres. The building is already one of the world’s most grandiose works ever made by man!  Continue with your tour guide to the next stop on this tour, Sant Pau Hospital, the largest Art-Nouveau structure in Europe. This distinguished, superb and solemn building writes its own page in the history of architecture. It takes the visitor to the greatest moments of the newly born artistic modernism movement. Built by one of the most representative architects, Lluís Domènech i Montaner, this building was created as a splendorous complex of houses used for treatment and nursing care. Individually and uniquely each building has unparalleled beauty for a healthcare centre. You will be amazed by the stained glass windows, the colorful decoration, the ceramics and the open spaces and gardens he created, so that the patients wouldn’t feel like they were in a hospital. 

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Barcelona’s Hospital Sant Pau is not only one of the city’s most beautiful examples of Catalan modernist architecture, it’s also a story of a time when a hospital stay was very different for patients. Take a look inside the renovated hospital, now a museum.

Even standing at the bottom of the stairs in front of the main entrance to Sant Pau Hospital in the El Guinardó district, you are struck by an enormous sense of humility towards this majestic piece of architecture.

Despite being close to Gaudí’s famous Sagrada Familia , there are far fewer tourists here. This is despite the fact that it is one of the most formal Modernist buildings in Catalonia, and it was also here that Gaudí breathed his last after being hit by a tram.

Sant Pau Recinte Modernista was built between 1902 and 1930 by the Catalan architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner (1849-1923), who is considered one of the most important architects of Catalan Modernism. He also built the Palau de la Musica concert hall . The project was financed by banker Pau Gil.

The new Sant Pau Hospital was to replace the former Santa Creu in Santa Pau, located in the Raval district, which had become too small as the population grew and medical advances were rapid.

Behind the main building is an entire city within the city, and as well as being Domènech i Montaner’s most important work, Sant Pau is also the largest modernist complex in the world. In addition to the main building, the complex consists of 12 pavilions surrounded by greenery and connected by underground passageways.

In 1997 Sant Pau was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its unique architectural and artistic beauty, and in 2009 the hospital moved to newer buildings behind the old complex. This means that the public now has access to see the beautiful hospital, which now functions as a museum.

Historical tour of the hospital and its architecture

A visit to Sant Pau begins underground, in the Hypostyle Hall that once housed the emergency rooms. Black and white photographs of the old operating theatres are projected onto the walls to give an insight into what the examination rooms looked like. The tour continues up to the Sant Salvador Pavilion, which is on two floors and also serves as an exhibition space. Here you can learn about the history of Sant Pau and its importance to the locals, including through exhibits of objects used in the hospital throughout history.

In another room, you can gain insight into the ideology of modernist architects and Domènech in Montaner’s work.

The decor of the space, with vaulted ceilings of turquoise and water blue tiles in a delicate geometric pattern and walls of white tiles and decorations in delicate blue-green and beige colours, is a work of art in itself. I spent a long time studying the beautiful tile work that is the hallmark of Catalan Modernism.

Lush green spaces for healing body and soul

The tour continues in the hospital’s lush gardens, surrounded by pavilions built with inspiration from the forms of nature. There are lots of lights, plants, flowers, herbs and trees and several cosy corners.

The gardens and surrounding pavilions are a beautiful example of how nature and architecture can be united, and how nature played an important role in the healing of the sick.

Patient in beautiful surroundings

In the pavilions, which have towers and domed roofs with colourful mosaics, you can get a glimpse of how the hospital’s wards were laid out and the relationship between patient and doctor in the 1920s.

The most beautiful – and most surprising – is undoubtedly the San Rafael pavilion, but a reconstruction of an old patient’s room with soft and cosy lighting and beautiful tile-flower decorations adorning the cream-coloured tiled walls. The atmosphere is very different from that of modern hospitals, and it gives food for thought. Why don’t we build hospitals where the wards are beautiful and cosy any more?

The pavilion also has a nice and beautiful domed garden room where patients could sit and look out at the greenery through the large windows.

In the surgery pavilion you will get an insight into the medical work during this period.

The public does not have access to all pavilions and the main building, because parts of the complex serve as offices and workplaces for organisations working in innovation, sustainability, health, education and culture.

The tour ends in the main building, where Montaner’s inspiration from the Mudejar style is conspicuous. A style that the modernist architects were all inspired by. The main building houses a library and a church, among other things, and here you can also feel how modernism’s sense of light, colours, columns and decorations blend into one.

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During holidays, there may be a queue at the ticket office. Skip the queue and buy your ticket for Sant Pau Recinte Modernista online here (promotional link).

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  • From Monday to Sunday: 9.30 - 18.30 h (April to October) 9.30 - 17 h (November to March)
  • Access: Until 30 minutes before closing time
  • Duration: 45-60 min
  • General rate: Free visit: 17€

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Paul will bring his acclaimed Got Back tour to Europe this December!

Fulfilling his promise to 'get back', Paul will return to France, Spain and the UK with his Got Back  tour. Earlier this month, Paul announced his first live shows of 2024 with the next leg of the tour launching in South America this October.  

With songs like ‘Hey Jude’, ‘Live and Let Die’, ‘Band on the Run’,  ‘Let It Be’ and so many more, the Paul McCartney live experience is everything any music lover could ever want from a rock show: hours of the greatest moments from the last 60 years of music – dozens of songs from Paul’s solo, Wings and of course Beatles catalogues that have formed the soundtracks of our lives.

This will mark Paul’s first European show since his iconic Glastonbury headlining performance in 2022. Hailed as “one of the greatest gigs of all time” by The Times and “a masterclass from the greatest living cultural figure in this country’s history” by The i, it was also Paul and his band’s 500th show together! These dates will see McCartney return for his first live performance in Paris in six years - in 2018 he played at La Defense Arena, where he is making his return. The wait has been longer for Spaniards, where he last played eight years ago, in 2016 at Estadio Vincente Calderon.

Paul launched his Got Back tour in 2022, completing 16 huge shows across the US before performing his history-making set at Glastonbury in June 2022. In 2023 Paul performed 18 incredible shows as the Got Back tour rocked through Australia, Mexico and Brazil.

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Community leaders tour Orlando Health Lake Mary hospital

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Orlando Health is building a new hospital in Lake Mary on Rinehardt Road. Once completed, the facility will have six operating rooms, 240 beds, and three laboratories.

LAKE MARY, Fla. - Lake Mary officials and leaders from local departments, including police, fire and rescue, and parks and recreation, recently toured the new Orlando Health Lake Mary Hospital. 

The tour included Lake Mary Mayor David Mealor, Commissioners Jordan Smith and Justin York, City Manager Kevin Smith, Police Chief Kevin Pratt, Deputy Police Chief Dennis Strange, Fire Chief Mike Johansmeyer, Deputy Fire Chief Wendy Niles, Parks and Recreation Director Bryan Nipe, Community Development Director Sabreena Colbert, Seminole County Commissioner Amy Lockhart, and Representative David Smith of District 38.

The officials inspected the ongoing construction of the two six-story towers located off Reinhart Road in Seminole County, adjacent to the existing Orlando Health Emergency Room and across from the Orlando Health Medical Pavilion.

The hospital, set to open in January 2025, will feature a state-of-the-art acute care facility with labor and delivery services, 124 initial beds (expandable to 240), six operating rooms, three catheterization labs with specialized services, imaging, lab, pharmacy, dining, and a chapel.

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The 2026 Tour de France will roll out of Barcelona, Spain, officials confirmed.

ASO chief Christian Prudhomme and Barcelona’s mayor Jaume Collboni sealed the deal Tuesday on the historic Catalan city hosting the opening three stages of the 2026 Tour, from July 4 through 6.

Stages 1 and 2 will play out entirely inside Catalunya before stage 3 starts in Spain and heads northward for a finish in France.

Details of race-courses are to be confirmed, but the third stage won’t be able to avoid a passage of the Pyrénées.

“We like big, prestigious cities, whether French or foreign. But only on condition that we continue to visit the smaller location, the villages in France,” Prudhomme told L’Équipe. “This is essential.”

The Barcelona 2026 grand départ  will be the Tour’s first start over the Pyréneées since last year’s big Basque start.

Florence, Italy, hosts the Tour de France’s opening phase later this month. Le Tour will return to a French entrée in 2025 with three stages centered around Lille .

Barcelona is becoming a favorite for race organizers.

The Tour de France already visited there on three occasions, most recently in 2009, and the city took center stage when it hosted the wet and wild opening of the Vuelta a España last year.

The city staged the 1973 and 1984 road world championships and the 1992 Olympic Games, and its iconic Montjuïc climb has been the centerpiece of the final stage of the Volta a Catalunya for several years.

“For Barcelona, ​​there was political will but also sporting interest with the Montjuïc climb,” Prudhomme said Tuesday, referring to the site where Felice Gimondi won rainbows in 1973.

Stay tuned for further details of the stage routes and profiles.

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Tour de France to start in Barcelona in 2026

The Tour de France will start in Barcelona for the first time in 2026.

The opening two stages will be in Catalonia, with the third stage starting in the Spanish region before crossing into France.

It will be the third occasion Spain has hosted the race's Grand Depart, having previously done so in San Sebastian in 1992 and in Bilbao last year.

The 2026 race - which is set to start on 4 July - will have the most southerly Grand Depart in Tour history.

"This is a historic milestone. It confirms Barcelona's role as an international sports capital," said the city's mayor Jaume Collboni.

"Barcelona will be the only city in the world to host the Olympics, the World Cup, the America's Cup and the Tour de France, the four most influential sporting events in the world."

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PARIS (AP) — The 2026 edition of the Tour de France will start from the Spanish city of Barcelona, organizers said Tuesday.

The host city of the 1992 Olympic Games has previously hosted stages of cycling’s biggest race, but never its start.

The 113th edition of three-week event will kick off on July 4, 2026. It will feature two stages in the Catalonia region and a third that will start there and finish in France.

It will mark the 26th time that the Tour de France starts from a foreign country. This year’s race sets off from the Italian city of Florence. In 2025, riders will start their journey on French soil, from the northern city of Lille.

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MIAMI, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 22: Don Omar performs onstage during Univision's 36th Premio Lo Nuestro at Kaseya Center on February 22, 2024 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Ivan Apfel/Getty Images)

UPDATE : Don Omar has undergone surgery for his cancer. Just one day after revealing his cancer diagnosis on social media, the artist posted an update to his Instagram saying he is now “cancer free” after surgery.

“I woke up today cancer free and grateful,” he said. “Thank you for your good wishes, prayers and thousands of messages. My surgery was a success now to recover.”

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Don Omar was one of the first major artists to globalize reggaeton with back-to-back hits that came with the release of his first studio album, “The Last Don,” in 2003. The latter included revolutionizing and defining singles including “Dile” and “Dale Don Dale.” Among his other recognizable hit songs are “Danza Kudro,” “Pobre Diabla” and “Salió El Sol.”

He has been performing these and many more songs on his “Back to Reggatón Tour,” which announced a second leg starting Aug. 7 in Oakland, Calif. at the Oakland Arena. It will stop in new cities including San Diego, Portland and Tampa, among others. It will close on the East Coast on Sept. 14 in Newark’s Prudential Center, and on Sept. 15 in Elmont, NY at the UBS Arena.

The trek is his first since partnering with Daddy Yankee on the Kingdom Tour back in 2015, and is in support of his 2023 album “Forever King,” which featured Chencho Corleone, Maluma, Residente and more.

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