Let Barcelona awe you again with its Art Noveau architecture. Modernism, the Catalan Art Noveau, has its imprint in many buildings scattered around the city and world-famous architects such as Salvador Dalí once lived and created most of their work in Barcelona.
Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau is one of the modernist buildings recently restored and opened to the public as a cultural landmark. Located not too far from La Sagrada Familia, this once hospital was designed by the famous architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner.
Visit one of the oldest healthcare institutions in Europe, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, now open to visits as a museum and cultural center.
Amaze yourself by the Modernist architecture that Domènech i Montaner designed for this building in the early 20th century.
In Sant Salvador Pavilion you will find the exhibition space, the ideal beginning of a walk through the complex. The outdoor area is also worth the visit. Stained-glass windows, façades, domes and roofs with fascinating and intricate designs are awaiting you. The gardens, designed to be a small city within the hospital, are most welcoming for those traveling with kids.
Sant Rafael Pavilion is also open to the public. There, you will be able to see how the hospital was originally designed at the beginning of the 20th century. Another interesting feature are the underground tunnels that communicate several buildings and were used as a means of transport for the interns and patients in the past.
The whole complex has been awarded with the Biosphere certification on Sustainable Tourism. This means Santa Creu and Sant Pau Hospital is both environmentally friendly and accessible to everyone. So, anyone travelling with a wheelchair or a stroller would not have any issues visiting this space.
To make the most of the visit and keep it interesting also for your kids, you can enroll in a guided tour (that lasts for about 1,25 hours). Strollers are not recommended for the guided tour. An alternative to the guided tour could be the guide provided in the Cloud Guide app available for Android and iPhone.
Taking a tour, you will learn all about the history of this institution that began in the 15th century and is still active today. The current hospital is located next to the historic monument, in newer and modern facilities.
Opening times: Monday – Saturday from 10am to 16:30 (Nov to March) and till 18:30 (April to October). Sundays and holidays closing time is at 14:30.
Guided tour in English is offered at 11 am.
Prices: 13 € adult for self-guided visit and 19€ for guided visit. Aged 12 to 29, reduced fare at 9.10 € and 13.3 € for the guided tour.
Free admission: February 12th, April 23rd and September 24th. Also, the first Sunday of each month. Children under 12
Discounts 20% off: BCN Card, Bus Turístic, City Tours. 50% off: Barcelona Modernisme Route
How to get to Hospital de Sant Pau
The hospital de Sant Pau is a 10-minute walk from the Sagrada Familia. If you are coming from elsewhere you can take the metro. The closest stations are Sant Pau I Dos de Maig on the blue line (L5) and Guinadrdó / Hospital de Sant Pau on the yellow line (L4)
The meeting point for the tours is at Carrer de Sant Antoni Maria Claret No. 169