Former hospital, the modernist site of Sant Pau was reopened after renovation in 2014, for visits, guided tours, expositions and history archives. Though I’m constantly traveling around the globe, I still have a lot to explore of my home country and Barcelona. The largest modernist site in Europe, many times I have passed by the site and thought “next time”. It was the right time to assist at the Travel Bloggers Meeting event held at Sant Pau, and explore the modernist site.
History of Sant Pau
The site, is the most important work from Lluís Domènech i Montaner, built between 1902 and 1930. “A city inside the city” as the guide told us during the visit, it was one of the most important projects for medical institutions and Barcelona. It was declared UNESCO World heritage site in 1997, and went under renovation for its actual state as modernist site for visits and exhibitions. The real origin of the Sant Pau hospital was based in the year 1401, when the project to joint six hospitals of Barcelona was developed. The official name of the hospital complex in 1930 was Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, a moment in time that Barcelona was at their best urban growth development. To get there, get on the metro L5 and stop at the station Sant Pau / Dos de Maig.
Travel Bloggers Meeting Event
The reason that took me to visit Sant Pau was the Travel Bloggers Meeting event held in July. The event was focused in the presentation of the ebook from last main event of the year, the #TBMAndorra. The ebook was created with the collaboration of Andorra Turisme and Top Rural, with the photos taken by the travel bloggers during the event. We also had a sneak peek of the official video from TBM Andorra. The companies Hundred Rooms and Sixt Rent a car surprised the assistants again with prizes and contests. After the presentation we started the guided tour of the modernist site.
Visit of the modernist site
Following the itinerary, we visited the main building, used as the main entrance and administration. The many details in every sculpture and decoration is worth taking time to observe. The underground passages go from the main entrance to the rest of pavilion, walls covered by white ceramic for hygienic reasons, when it was used as a hospital to carry the patients. The visit proceeded to the gardens and the rest of the pavilions, now used for art and historical exhibitions regarding the hospital and the city. Rebuilt following the designs as they were in their original state. An impressive modernist complex, the greatest in Europe, not known by many visitors, regardless of being a short walking distance from the Sagrada Familia, another main landmark of Barcelona. If you’re interested in the modernist architecture and works of Lluís Domènech i Montaner, another important work in Barcelona is the Palau de la Música.