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.
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.
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.
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.
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.