Hospital de Sant Pau

2015-01-19T10:30:01+00:008 May 2014|Spain, UNESCO World Heritage|

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Antoni Gaudi isn’t the only famous Barcelona modernist architect. Another one is Lluís Domènech i Montaner. I was introduced to some of his spectacular buildings during a walking tour of Barcelona. The walk did not comprise Hospital de Sant Pau, but I had the opportunity to wander about the grounds of this hospital during another visit in the Catalan capital.

Hospital de Sant Pau, Barcelona

Hospital de Sant Pau and another Doménech i Montaner classic, Palau de la Música Catalana, together form one of Barcelona’s World Heritage sites. According to UNESCO, these two buildings are

masterpieces of the imaginative and exuberant Art Nouveau that flowered in early 20th century Barcelona.

For the Hospital de Sant Pau, UNESCO goes on to say:

The Hospital de Sant Pau is equally bold in its design and decoration, while at the same time perfectly adapted to the needs of the sick.

Who says functional buildings can’t be beautiful… In fact, if you’re sick, might it not be restorative even? Lying in a hospital bed can be boring at the best of times; being surrounded with an environment that pleases the eye and challenges the mind can surely help healing, don’t you think?

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The hospital was built at a time when city health became an issue. Here at Hospital de Sant Pau, Doménech i Montaner designed separate pavilions connected by underground passages. It was a fully functioning hospital up until 5 years ago. Today, it serves as headquarters of various international organisations, including the United Nations University Institute on Globalisation, Culture and Mobility.

Hospital de Sant Pau, Barcelona Hospital de Sant Pau, Barcelona

Hospital de Sant Pau, Barcelona Hospital de Sant Pau, Barcelona

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Hospital de Sant Pau, Barcelona Hospital de Sant Pau, Barcelona

Do have a look at Hospital de Sant Pau when you’re in town. It’s easily accessible, just a few hundred metres from La Sagrada Familia, and well worth the effort with all its fantastical structures, quirky corners, sculptures, mosaics, stained glass windows and heaps of curious details. And there are cats. Lots of cats.

Cat - Hospital de Sant Pau, Barcelona

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Hospital de Sant Pau is part of the UNESCO World Heritage site Palau de la Música Catalana and Hospital de Sant Pau, Barcelona.
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20 Comments

  1. Gil 9 May 2014 at 0929 - Reply

    Liked it.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 25 May 2014 at 2259 - Reply

      Good.

  2. Leigh 9 May 2014 at 1647 - Reply

    I have heard that seeing trees and plants speeds up your recovery in a hospital so would have to think that the same thing holds true for art.

    Thanks for the introduction to this artist.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 25 May 2014 at 2300 - Reply

      So many interesting architects of that era in Catalunya.

  3. Mette 10 May 2014 at 1043 - Reply

    I love fabulating buildings with lots of swirls and turrets and built-in imagination.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 25 May 2014 at 2300 - Reply

      Me too.

  4. Jim_Luc 11 May 2014 at 0529 - Reply

    Liked it too and love the cat :))

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 25 May 2014 at 2302 - Reply

      I liked the cats, too. They kept me there for ages 🙂

  5. Uma 11 May 2014 at 0857 - Reply

    Even the institutional buildings are beautiful in Spain!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 25 May 2014 at 2303 - Reply

      🙂

  6. Sand In My Suitcase 11 May 2014 at 1559 - Reply

    Well, if one happened to get sick in Barcelona a few years back, the Hospital de Sant Pau was probably as good a place as any to be. Who says hospitals have to be boring, bland and cookie-cutter!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 25 May 2014 at 2303 - Reply

      I think I’d like my hospital to be unusual and quirky like this one.

  7. Freya 11 May 2014 at 2006 - Reply

    Lovely architecture, I definitely will have a look at this fascinating hospital next time I’m in Barcelona.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 25 May 2014 at 2304 - Reply

      Definitely worth a visit.

  8. Muza-chan 12 May 2014 at 0816 - Reply

    Interesting building 🙂

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 25 May 2014 at 2305 - Reply

      Isn’t it…

  9. What a beautiful building! Everything about it is spectacular! I loved the photos and all of the information you provided! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 25 May 2014 at 2305 - Reply

      Happy to 🙂

  10. David 17 May 2014 at 1536 - Reply

    Heading to Barcelona later this year so will follow your advice and look up Hospital de Sant Pau

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 25 May 2014 at 2306 - Reply

      Glad to be of use 🙂

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