Tuesday, August 5, 2014

BARCELONA: HOSPITAL DE SANT PAU


The Modernist Hospital de Sant Pau i la Santa Creu Complex was built between 1905 and 1930 and designed by Lluís Domènech i Montaner as a garden city for nursing the sick. Together with Palau de la Música Catalana, also designed by this architect, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Hospital de Sant Pau in Barcelona
Hospital de Sant Pau in Barcelona


After being used as a public hospital for a century, its newly refurbished pavilions shine again in all their splendour.


By the late 19th century, the old Hospital de la Santa Creu in Barcelona’s Raval neighbourhood needed to be relocated because it had become obsolete and too small. The result was an ambitious project inspired by the breakthroughs in health and hygiene at the time. 



Hospital de Sant Pau in Barcelona
Scale model of Hospital de Sant Pau in Barcelona



It was awarded World Heritage status by UNESCO in 1997 and now its architectural and artistic values have been brought to a wider audience with the new use of its pavilions.


The former hospital complex is now a knowledge campus and the headquarters of international organizations including the European Forest Institute, the Casa Àsia, the Global University Network for Innovation, and the United Nations University Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility.



Modernist pavilion of Hospital de Sant Pau
A modernist pavilion of Hospital de Sant Pau in Barcelona


A visit to this magnificent complex allows you to delve into history, art and the present day. The pavilions, set among gardens and connected by underground passages, are really beautiful and a showcase for the applied arts, featuring sculptures, stained glass and mosaics.


These are the places I could visit inside The Hospital de Sant Pau:


  • Administration pavilion
  • Main facade
  • Hypostyle Hall
  • Gardens
  • Surgery Pavilion
  • Sant Rafael Pavilion
  • Main Hall
  • Domènech i Montaner Room



Administration Pavilion




Hospital de Sant Pau in Barcelona
Main facade of the Hospital de Sant Pau i la Santa Creu


Main facade


Hospital de Sant Pau in Barcelona
Entrance to the Administration Pavilion of the Hospital de Sant Pau in Barcelona


Hospital de Sant Pau in Barcelona
Detail of the main facade of Hospital de Sant Pau in Barcelona



Hospital de Sant Pau in Barcelona
Modernist facade of Hospital de Sant Pau i la Santa Creu in Barcelona


Hypostyle Hall



Hypostyle Hall of Hospital de Sant Pau
Hypostyle Hall of Hospital de Sant Pau in Barcelona


Gardens



Gardens of Hospital de Sant Pau in Barcelona
Gardens between the modernist pavilions of Hospital de Sant Pau in Barcelona



Gardens of Hospital de Sant Pau in Barcelona
Surgery pavilion behind the gardens of Sant Pau Hospital in Barcelona



Hospital de Sant Pau in Barcelona
Taking pictures of the gardens between the modernist pavilions of Hospital de Sant Pau in Barcelona


Surgery Pavilion


Surgery Pavilion of Hospital de Sant Pau in Barcelona
Surgery Pavilion of Hospital de Sant Pau in Barcelona


Surgery Pavilion of Hospital de Sant Pau in Barcelona
A closer view os the surgery pavilion of Hospital de Sant Pau i la Santa Creu


Surgery Pavilion of Hospital de Sant Pau in Barcelona
This cross is the symbol of La Santa Creu institution



Sant Rafael Pavilion



Sant Rafael pavilion of Hospital de Sant Pau
Modernist details of Sant Rafael pavilion of Hospital de Sant Pau. The roofs of the pavilions with tiles, tiles in flake shaped, chimneys, domes and pinnacles underline the lush application of ceramic to decorate them



Modernist dome of Hospital de Sant Pau in Barcelona
Modernist dome of one of the pavilions of Hospital de Sant Pau in Barcelona


Hospital de Sant Pau in Barcelona
Pinnacle of a pavilion of Sant Pau Hospital highly decorated with pottery 





Main Hall




Main hall of Hospital de Sant Pau in Barcelona
Main hall in the Administration Pavilion of Hospital de Sant Pau in Barcelona



Main hall of Hospital de Sant Pau in Barcelona
Ceiling of the main hall of the Administration pavilion of Hospital de Sant Pau


Main hall of Hospital de Sant Pau in Barcelona
Detail of the main hall of Hospital de Sant Pau in Barcelona



Hospital de Sant Pau in Barcelona
Distributing corridor of the two wings of the administration pavilion of Hospital de Sant Pau. These corridors are bright spaces with large windows that contain most of the stained glass windows of the building. They have vaults with richly decorated pottery



Hospital de Sant Pau in Barcelona
Detail of a stained glass window in the previous corridor of Hospital de Sant Pau


Administration pavilion of Hospital de Sant Pau
Dome over the main staircase in the administration pavilion of Hospital de Sant Pau in Barcelona



Dome in Hospital de Sant Pau
A closer view of the previous dome


Domènech i Montaner Room 



Domènech i Montaner room in Hospital de Sant Pau
Domènech i Montaner room in Hospital de Sant Pau in Barcelona



Domènech i Montaner room in Hospital de Sant Pau
Large stained glass window in Domènech i Montaner room of Hospital de Sant Pau in Barcelona



Below you can see some useful information:


- Address: Sant Antoni Maria Claret, 167
- How to get there:
  • Metro: L5 stop Hospital de Sant Pau and L4 stop Guinardó
  • Bus: 19, 20, 45, 47, 50, 51, 92, H6 and H8.
- Web site: www.santpaubarcelona.org

Next you have links of some of the most beautiful places of Barcelona and surroundings

Most of them are located in four areas: Modernism RouteGothic Quarter (and Old City), Montjuïc and Barcelona Seafront. Cliking on the links below you will get more and information and pictures.


- Modernism Route





- Gothic Quarter, Montjuíc, Promenade and Tibidabo



Finally, clicking on the next link you will find more links to other beautiful places in Barcelona, among them, more fantastic modernist masterpieces you can see along the Modernist Route.


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