Today, the Hospital de Sant Pau Modernista site represents a shining example of the richness of Barcelona’s monumental architecture, and also of the innovative spirit that is essential for lovers of modernism. The visit to this complex of buildings allows you to marvel at the beauty of the constructions and their wealth of ornamental detail.
Europe’s most important set of modernist buildings
From the Sant Pau Recinte Modernista stop on the Blue Route of the Barcelona Bus Turístic, you are just a few short metres away from one of the most prodigious examples of modernist architecture and decoration. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1997.
The Hospital de Sant Pau Modernista site, built between 1905 and 1930, was designed by Lluís Domènech i Montaner as a garden city for the sick. After serving for a century as a public hospital, its renovated pavilions have all now been restored to their former glory. Passers-by can appreciate the beautiful exterior of the buildings: the domes, rooftops, facades, sculptures and windows are among their most prominent features.
Opposite the main entrance to the complex is the Avinguda Gaudí that connects to another emblematic monument of Catalan modernism, the Basílica de la Sagrada Família, Antoni Gaudí's masterpiece and an undisputed icon of Barcelona.