Spain, Barcelona Guide (B): World’s Most Beautiful Hospital: Sant Pau, Barcelona

World’s Most Beautiful Hospital: Sant Pau, Barcelona
The Sant Pau Art nouveau site is off the very beaten path of the modernist landmarks of Barcelona. A stone’s throw away from La Sagrada Familia, it is an impressive hospital that was built in the early 20th century and one of the most beautiful examples of modernist architecture.

The Sant Pau hospital, Barcelona

At the turn of the 20th century, the population of Barcelona was rapidly growing and lacking a modern hospital. The 1401 Santa Creu hospital (the hospital of the Holy Cross) that had been in function for five centuries in the gothic heart of Barcelona was outdated. A new hospital was greatly needed.

Born and raised in Barcelona, and living in Paris where he got inspired by Lariboisière, the banker Paul Gil i Sera (1816-1896) became a generous benefactor and devoted a big part of his fortune to the construction of a new modern hospital in his hometown. It will take almost 30 years to be completed thanks to Paul Gil, and also other families and anonymous benefactors whom chipped in once the money ran out in 1912, 10 years after the start of the construction (and hardly a fourth into the original plan).

Pau Gil in Paris funding the construction of the Sant Pau hospital, Barcelona

Glass dome at the Sant Pau hospital, Barcelona

Some of the ceiling ceramics of the Sant Pau hospital, Barcelona

The symbolic ceiling ceramics of the Sant Pau hospital: Pau Gil, Paris, Catalonia, Barcelona

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Guide Name: World’s Most Beautiful Hospital: Sant Pau, Barcelona
Guide Location: Spain » Barcelona
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Sant Pau Art nouveau site  
Author: Marcella Van Alphen
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