Hospital de Sant Pau – Barcelona’s Other Art Nouveau Building Site

Update – The Hospital de Sant Pau re-opened in 2014 as the Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site. Full review and tips for visitors here>>

The Hospital de Sant Pau was designed by Lluís Domènech i Montaner and opened in 1930. It was financed by Barcelona city council and a substantial donation from the legacy of Pau Gil. The twelve Art Nouveau buildings, which are connected by a series of tunnels, were state of the art in the 1930s. At the start of the 21st century modern buildings where built in the grounds of the hospital. In 2009 the hospital moved to the new buildings and the renovation of the historic hospital began.

The main enterance to the hospital de Sant Pau is currently closed to the public

The main enterance to the hospital is currently closed off

The first stage of renovation was to tear down the buildings which had been “tacked on” over the years. It is estimated that the restoration process will take about four years to compete. Once restored the buildings will house several European projects related to education, health, sustainability and innovation.

A tour group visiting the Hospaital de Sant Pau, hard hats are compulsory

A tour group visiting the Hospaital de Sant Pau, hard hats are compulsory

Even though the whole site is effectively a building site, guided tours take place daily. The itinerary varies as work progresses. The tours are conducted in English, French, Catalan and Spanish and cost €10.

The only way to visit the Hospital de Sant Pau is by taking one of the official tours

The only way to visit the Hospital de Sant Pau is by taking one of the official tours

Location:

The main entrance to the hospital (currently closed) is at Carrer de Sant Antoni Maria Claret No. 167

The meeting point for the tours is at Carrer de Sant Antoni Maria Claret No. 169

How to get there:

The hospital de Sant Pau is about a 10 minute walk from the Sagrada Familia. There are two metro stops nearby: Sant Pau I Dos de Maig on the blue line (L5) and Guinadrdó / Hospital de Sant Pau on the yellow line (L4)

Other attractions nearby:

The Sagrada Familia Basilica
Avinguda Gaudi
The Turó de la Rovira
The Torre Agbar

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