On a visit to the Art Nouveau Site, you’ll be able to appreciate the foremost work of Lluís Domènech i Montaner, one of the most important architects of Modernisme, the Catalan Art Nouveau, and the product of one of the most outstanding rehabilitation processes of recent years.
The exhibition space in the Sant Salvador Pavilion takes you on a journey through the history of medicine in Barcelona and one of Europe’s oldest healthcare institutions: from the first unified hospital in the city’s Raval district in 1401, La Santa Creu, to the 21st century. Display cases with medical materials and architectural elements, information panels, models and screens present part of the institution’s heritage collection.
The upper floor of the building concentrates particularly on the figure and work of Lluís Domènech i Montaner, exploring the three main aspects of this genius of Modernisme: the scholar, the architect and the ideologue. There is also a space for consultation where you can find out more about the institution thanks to an interactive table, books, publications and digitalized historic documents from the Archive of the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau.
Sant Salvador Pavilion marks the start of a recommended route around the outdoor spaces of the Art Nouveau Site that reproduce the garden city model designed in the early 20th century. As you stroll, admire the building’s lovely exteriors. Domes, roofs, façades, sculptures and stained-glass windows are the most outstanding elements.
You can also enter the Sant Rafael Pavilion and see its interior exactly as it was designed at the start of the 20th century. Moreover, you can take the underground tunnels communicating the various buildings and visit the most representative heritage spaces of the Administration Pavilion.
The recommended route may vary according to the use being made of the spaces.
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The best way to learn first-hand the secrets concealed at the Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site is to take a guided visit. Accompanied by a cultural mediator, you’ll gain in-depth knowledge of the history of Sant Pau, the details of its construction, and its artistic and heritage importance, as you take in its most emblematic spaces. The route ends in the exhibition space of the Sant Salvador Pavilion.
Sant Pau is an affiliated member of the World Tourism Organization and has the Biosphere Responsible Tourism Certificate in recognition of a model of tourism that is responsible, environmentally sustainable, socially inclusive and accessible to everyone.
It also forms part of Barcelona’s Modernisme Route.
In accordance with current regulations, guided visits to Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site may only be conducted by the Art Nouveau Site’s own guides, tour guides authorized by the Generalitat de Catalunya, and teachers accompanying groups of students.
Under-16s must be accompanied by an adult.