The Sant Salvador Pavilion

The Sant Salvador Pavilion, the last building to be restored at the Art Nouveau Site, houses Sant Pau’s new exhibition space.  

The building’s two floors are used to differentiate the languages that explain two core themes: the history of the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau since its origins (1401) and a tribute to its architect, Lluís Domènech i Montaner.

The visit starts on the basement floor, entered through the tunnels. The first projection on a panoramic screen familiarizes visitors with the main contents they’ll find in the pavilion: the hospital in the history of medicine in Barcelona; Pau Gil’s legacy and the contribution of Catalan civil society to the Hospital; and the creativity of Lluís Domènech i Montaner at the service of the new Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau.

The layout of the basement floor follows the chronological rhythm of a journey through history, from the first unified hospital in the city’s Raval district in 1401, La Santa Creu, to the 21st century. Display cases with materials, information panels, models and screens present part of the rich heritage collection preserved.

The upper floor of the building concentrates particularly on the figure and work of Lluís Domènech i Montaner in the form of an original installation. It is a contemporary recreation of a dragon, a characteristic iconographic motif throughout history that was revisited by the Modernistes. Combined with audiovisual resources, the installation allows visitors to explore three main aspects of Domènech i Montaner: the scholar, the architect and the ideologue.


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