The Sant Pau Hospital Barcelona, was a project by Architect Lluis Domenech i Montaner (1850-1923), who applied the experiences of a previous major hospital project, the Institute Pere Mata de Reus. Its construction began in 1901, and lasted until 1930. This is a monumental group of buildings, which originally extended over an area of nine blocks in the zone of the expansion district of Barcelona. Designed to house 48 wards, only 27 of them were eventually built.

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The San Pau Hospital, with its main building and its many pavilions, is the largest collection of Catalan Modernist architecture. It has been altered over time, and contains several Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque elements, among which stands the Gothic cloister and the surrounding naves in the same style. The main entrance is oriented at an angle of 45 degrees to the expansion, looking at the Sagrada Familia Cathedral. The reason for this orientation is that Domenech wanted to use the wind from the sea to vent and safeguard the hospital from diseases.

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A stone staircase gives access to the Administration Building, which stands out among all the other pavilions. The bodies of the Library-Museum and Archive of the Secretariat are located to its right and left sides and, in a separate space we can find its impressive Church.

Because the Sant Pau Medical Center is located in an area with a relatively large slope, they have built accessible ramps that facilitate access, together with pedestrian and vehicle streets. Over the years, the hospital has needed an expansion because of technological advances in medicine and the intense teaching program of Sant Pau University.

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If you need to be treated, you are studying medicine in Sant Pau University or just wish to visit this impressive example of art and science, look for an apartment in Barcelona close to the expansion district to make the most of your stay.

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