Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau

Historical building of interest, Monument, Places of artistic interest, World Heritage, Building of architectural interest, Modernisme
Gaudí Avenue is almost a kilometre long, adorned with beautiful modernist street lamps, and at its top end opens onto the Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site.

Gaudí Avenue is almost a kilometre long, adorned with beautiful modernist street lamps, and at its top end opens onto the hospital of Sant Pau. This is the best known work of the architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner (1850-1923) and one of the masterpieces the Catalan modernism.

It is an enormous area of gardens with various pavilions that, since it was created, have housed a hospital. The aim was to create a totally innovative hospital centre, with plenty of natural light and fresh air, surrounded by nature, in order to create a healthier environment than in the old medieval hospitals.

The entrance pavilion has a bare brick façade adorned with mosaics of historic themes, capitals and stone sculptures depicting angels, made by the sculptor Pau Gargallo. It is crowned by a tall tower with a clock.

This pavilion and the other ten surrounding it, all decorated with polychrome ceramic work, were designed by Domènech i Montaner, while the rest were the work of Pere Domènech i Roura, his son. All the pavilions are surrounded with gardens and connected by network of basements.

The pavilion currently used as the cafeteria has a peculiar Baroque façade, which was moved here when the works to open up the Via Laietana main thoroughfare in Barcelona destroyed the church of Santa Marta, to which it belonged.

The hospital of Santa Creu was founded in 1401 in the Raval neighbourhood, after the disasters of famine and plague. In 1901 construction of the new hospital began on some land acquired by the centre and on other land donated by the banker Pau Gil, which is how the name of Saint Pau came to be added to that of Santa Creu. King Alfonso XIII inaugurated it in 1930.

The site was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1997. Currently the hospital is being moved to a new building located just behind the present facilities. The modernist pavilions will be used for teaching, dissemination and research activities.

  • Architectural style: Modernist
  • Year of construction: 1902
  • Architect: Lluís Domènech i Montaner
  • People: Domènech i Montaner
  • Languages: Catalan, Spanish, English, French
  • Ownership: Mixed or both
  • Annual closing: 1 and 6 January; 25 and 26 December
  • Opening hours - summer : April to October, Monday to Saturday from 09:30 to 18:30; Sundays and public holidays from 09:30 to 14:30.
  • Opening hours - winter: Monday to Saturday from 09:30 to 16:30; Sundays and public holidays from 09:30 to 14:30.

Disabled access

Accessible area classifi
Facilities available for wheelchair users
Facilities available for people with reduced mobility
No facilities available for the deaf or those with hearing impairments
No facilities available for the blind or visually impaired
Accessible resource amen
Main access, without height difference
Good natural and artificial lighting within the facility
Accessible WCs in communal parts of the building
Observations
Ramps linking different levels are difficult to use
Guided tours. No sign language interpreters or guides available trained to accompany visually impaired people
Types of inspection
Invalid
WHAT IS AROUND HERE?
Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau
  • Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau

  • Address:Street Sant Antoni Maria Claret, 167

  • 08025 Barcelona

  • Barcelona / Barcelona

  • Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau
  • Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau

  • Address: Street Sant Antoni Maria Claret, 167

  • 08025 Barcelona

  • Barcelona / Barcelona

  • Telephone:935 537 801

  • E-mail:visites.recinte@santpau.cat / recintemodernista@santpau.cat

  • Web:https://www.santpaubarcelona.org

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