The Hospital de Sant Pau is the world's largest Art Noveau site,  no wonder it is awarded by the UNESCO since 1997 as World Heritage site status, you can imagine how big the complex is and its importance. The hospital has gone through a restoration process and recently opened its doors to the public through guided visits on the inside.

Is one of the oldest medical institutions in Europe, it was built between 1905 an 1930 by Domènech i Montaner as a garden city for nursing the sick. The building was not only serving the purpose but it has become one of the references in Art Nouveau in the city. It was used as a public hospital for more than a century and after that it was refurbished mainly the pavilions that needed some help to shine again as they did in the beginning.

There is a network of underground tunnels that connect the different pavilions and takes you to the gardens where you can see the buildings from the outside. Incredible domes, roof, façades, sculptures and the stained glass windows that are specifics of the building to pay attention to.

As a local, I remember my visits to Sant Pau Hospital when it was a public hospital and it was impressive to get into those pavillions and be doing medical checks or paperwork and be surrounded by that beauty, ceramics of all colors, the shapes and the design.

You can visit Sant Rafael Pavilion that is amazingly restored on the twentieth century, you can also visit the Main Hall of the Administration Pavilion, the Pau Gil Room and the Domènech i Montaner room that is one of the main spaces in the building.

The original project to built the hospital had the objective to built a new building that could have improvements on the health and hygiene and it did. The institution has always been related to charitable work and is known for its research as well.

Nowadays the Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site complex is headquarters of international organizations such as Casa Àsia, Global University Network for Innovation and The United Nations University Institute of Globalization.

A guided tour through Hospital Sant Pau

The visit to Sant Pau begins at the Administration Pavillion where there is an exhibition space with a video and a touchable interactive screen and other materials that introduce you the building and its artistic importance as well as its name in the world of medicine.

I would encourage you to take a guided tour as it is the best way to take the most of your visit the guide explains the details of the construction and the value of the work and allows you to visit Sant Jordi Pavilion where there is a temporary exhibition.

There are guided tours available in Catalan, Spanish, English and French and other languages upon request but you need to book in advance.

Hospital de Sant Pau

Carrer de Sant Antoni Maria Claret, 167

08025 Barcelona

The self-guided tour is 10 euros per person and the 

guided tour with a professional guide is 16 euros per person.

Opening times

1 November – 18 March

Monday to Saturday 10 – 16.30 h 

Sundays and holidays 10 – 14.30 h

19 March – 31 October

Monday to Saturday 10 – 18.30 h

Sundays and holidays 10 – 14.30 h

Free entrance: 12th February, 23rd April, 8th May, 24th September, first Sunday of the month (only self-guided visits).

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