After three years of building works, Barcelona’s Sant Pau Hospital it’s now renewed and reopened, brighter than ever.
Even though you might think that visiting a hospital is not one of your main thoughts when you visit Barcelona, visiting Sant Pau’s Hospital is different. It is unique in its kind, designed by the famous and well-known architect Lluís Domènech I Montaner, who has also designed buildings known all around the world including Casa Tomas, Casa Fuster and Palau de la música catalana.
Sant Pau’s Hospital as we know it nowadays dates back to 1902, when Domènech I Montaner was asked to design a new and modern project for the Hospital, first built in 1401 by the old City Council of Barcelona. Since it meant a lot of hard work, the hospital was finished nearly 30 years later (in fact, the one who was in the front line of the project by then was Domènech I Montaner’s son Pere, after his father died).
By the end of 19th Century, the hospital became too small to take care of all patients because of the quick growth of Barcelona’s population.
Nowadays, only a part of the Hospital is used to treat its patients and the Hospital has become the place of many international organizations, such as the Global University Network for Innovation, the European Forest Institute, and many other environmentally friendly organizations directly connected with UNESCO, since the building was declared world heritage by the same organization in 1997.
From now on, and until March 16th, and as to celebrate its renovation, you can visit Sant Pau’s Hospital for free from 11:00 to 18:00. Furthermore, you can book a guided visit so you don’t miss a single thing of this architectonic jewel. This guided visits will take place from Monday to Sunday in the morning (10€, about 1 hour long). From March 16th, a single free visit will have a cost of 8€, and a guided one 14€, so don’t miss your chance to go now!
Hospital Sant Pau is near Sagrada Familia so you can take the opportunity to visit before or after it and go from there just walking 10 minutes. It should be part of the modernist visit of Barcelona. If you arrive from another side of the city the best way is to take the metro and get off in Sant Pau’s station (L5, blue line).
Should you want further information about your visit to visit Sant Pau’s Hospital click into the official BCN site information about Sant Pau Hospital.