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Hospital de Sant Pau


Hospital de Sant PauThe Hospital de Sant Pau (Hospital of the Holy Cross and Saint Paul) in the neighborhood of El Guinardó, Barcelona, is a complex 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. It was a fully functioning hospital until June 2009, it is currently undergoing restoration for use as a museum and cultural center. As of December 2009 there are still tours of the hospital being given several times a day.

Although some buildings are being renovated and wards are being moved to a new building of Nou Hospital, it still does not affect the experience. One of "small hidden features" is a network of underground passages where small carriages can be seen, you can get there near WCs on a central square, between Banc de Sang and Quiròfans.


The Fundació Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau dates from 1401, when the mediaeval City Council and the Cathedral Chapter commissioned the building of the Hospital de la Santa Creu, now the site of the National Library of Catalonia, to make healthcare a social project. In the early 20th century, banker Pau Gil’s legacy and Barcelona City Council’s contributions enabled construction work on a new hospital to start in 1902 in order to meet the healthcare needs of a city with a booming population. The new hospital project, commissioned to the architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner, was officially opened in 1930 under the name of Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau. The set of pavilions designed by Domènech have become an essential point of reference in terms of the cultural heritage of Barcelona and of the world since being listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.

Tour programmes

The Sant Pau Historic Site is a monument opened to the public. Since 2004 it has been included in the Ruta del Modernisme guided tour programme managed by the Institut del Paisatge Urbà i la Qualitat de Vida of the Barcelona City Hall.

Since 2010 a new programme "Sant Pau under construction" has been created, which allows the visitor to discover the rehabilitation work currently underway at the Historic Site.

Sant Pau Historic Site has an information desk opened from Monday to Sunday, from 9.30 am to 1.30 pm. Guided visits are available from Monday to Sunday, in the following languages and times:

  • Catalan, at 12.30 pm
  • Spanish, at 12.30 pm
  • English, at 10 am, 11 am, 12 noon and 1 pm
  • French, at 10.30 am

Closed: 25 and 26 December / 1 and 6 January

Pre-arranged visits can also be organised at any time during the week, in the above languages.

The programme “Sant Pau under construction” offers a tour through the site that can vary depending on rehabilitation work. Information will be posted regarding possible changes to the tour programme.

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