The Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, built between 1902 and 1930 by Modernist architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner and his son, is another of the buildings in Barcelona that has been declared a World Heritage Site.
At the turn of the 21st century the hospital was moved to its current site, the third since it was established over 600 years ago. Works on the new hospital were begun in 2000 at the northern-most part of the Sant Pau complex, on the corners of the streets Mas Casanovas and Sant Quintí, in response to the modern-day needs of healthcare in the city. The new building consists of a central block which is mainly an outpatients (36,022 m2), and around it four other blocks for admitted patients (46,878 m2).
Located very close to the Sagrada Família, the former Hospital Sant Pau is a stunning complex of red brick Modernist buildings set around a large central square, which when it was run as a hospital helped create a beautiful, convivial atmosphere which was beneficial to its patients’ recovery. In 2009 the hospital and the medical staff finally moved to the current installations at the northern-most part.
The visit around the historic complex can take between one to two hours, as it comprises several exhibitions about the history of the hospital. Although the exhibitions provide detailed information about the hospital, guided tours are also available. Entrance to the complex is free on the first Sunday of the month, making it one of the best things you can experience free of charge in Barcelona.
The actual hospital is one of the main hospitals in the city and is a model for other hospitals in many areas. Every year over 35,000 people are admitted to the hospital and it treats more than 145,000 emergency cases. The outpatients department receives about 350,000 people and the Day Hospital attends over 75,000 people. It has facilities for 136 people at the Day Hospital, 644 beds and 21 operating theatres.