Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau in Barcelona – one of the oldest healthcare institutions of Europe

Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau

The former Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau (English: Hospital of the Holy Cross and Saint Paul) is located in El Guinardó, a neighborhood in Barcelona. It is a complex design built between 1901 and 1930, designed by the Catalan modernist architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner. Together with Palau de la Música Catalana, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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The ER tunnel in Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau by Sönke Städtler | flickr

The hospital was constructed as the replacement for the old Hospital de la Santa Creu in Barcelona's Raval neighborhood. It was a fully functioning hospital for a century until June 2009. After that, it is refurbished and started opening for tourist. The last part of its name, "Sant Pau", was added in honor of the banker Pau Gil, who paid for the construction of the new buildings in the twentieth century.

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Hospital de Sant Pau by Maria G. | flickr

Nowadays, with a large number of pavilions and a magnificent central building, the Hospital de Sant Pau has become the symbol of Catalan Modernist Architecture. It could be recognized subtly that design of the hospital is under the influence of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque styles. 

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Former infirmary pavilions inside Sant Rafael by Ilovebeachhuts | flickrs

If you want to spend some time to deepen knowledge of art and history of medicine area of Barcelona – one of the oldest healthcare institutions of Europe, exhibition space of Sant Salvador Pavilion is unmissable. While visitors could be amazed at Sant Salvador, Sant Rafael Pavilion allows you to admire the real 20th century interior of the building. Connected with Pavilion Sant Rafael through underground tunnels is Administration Pavilion, the home of the most notable inheritance areas. 

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Sant Salvador Pavilion – Exhibit by Marcus Frank | flickr

As a cultural central point due to the historical role of the city in hygiene and healthcare, Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau now is the headquarters of several international and cultural institutional such as  European Forest Institute, National Library of Catalonia, the Escuela Massana, Institute for Catalan Studies, the Public Libraries of Santa Pau-Santa Creu and the Global University Network for Innovation.

Please visit its official website of Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau for more details about opening hours, activities and ticket sales. 

If you are interested in visiting Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, we have Jazz BCN Apartments, which are just two blocks away (i.e. 500 meters) from the hospital. Book a night with us here

 

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