Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau

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When part of the roof of the gynaecology department collapsed in 2004, it was clear that restoration work was needed on the century-old Modernista ‘garden city’ hospital. In 2009, the last of the departments was transferred to the modern Nou Sant Pau building to the north of the grounds, and there are tentative plans to turn part of the old complex into a museum of Modernisme. Scaffolding and builders will be on site for the next decade or so, but the renovations will be gradual and the complex still open to visitors who come to admire Domènech i Montaner’s masterpiece.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the hospital is made up of 20 pavilions, abundantly adorned with the colourful Byzantine, Gothic and Moorish flourishes that characterise the architect’s style and set in peaceful gardens that spread over nine blocks in the north-east corner of the Eixample. It’s set at a 45-degree angle from the rest of Ildefons Cerdà’s grid system, so that it catches more sun: Domènech i Montaner built the hospital very much with its patients in mind, convinced that aesthetic harmony and pleasant surroundings were good for the health.

Venue name: Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau
Address: Sant Antoni Maria Claret, 167

Transport: Sant Pau/Dos de Maig (M: L5)
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