Sant Pau, the world's largest Art Nouveau Site, is a place waiting for you to discover. The visitor programme invites you to learn about Lluís Domènech i Montaner's most important work and the outcome of one of the most significant restoration projects in recent years.
In the Art Nouveau Site, the union of history and architecture carries us back to the early years of the twentieth century, when Barcelona was undergoing its greatest phase of urban growth. The visit takes us on a journey through the evolution of one of the oldest medical institutions in Europe, showing how the Art Nouveau complex was designed and built and explaining its current use as an internationally acclaimed centre for knowledge.
This visit begins at the Administration Pavilion, in the exhibition space, where a video, an interactive touch table and other elements introduce you to the monumental and artistic heritage and its significance, the historical evolution of the institution and its contribution to medicine.
The network of underground tunnels that connects the different pavilions then takes you out to the gardens, from where you can enjoy the fascinating exteriors of buildings. The domes, roofs, façades, sculptures and stained glass windows are the key features to note here.
Walking on through this superb setting you come to the Sant Rafael Pavilion, whose lovingly restored interiors are once again as they were conceived at the start of the twentieth century. You can also visit the Main Hall of the Administration Pavilion, the Pau Gil Room and the Lluís Domènech i Montaner Room, one of the main spaces of the building. The recommended tour finishes in the Sant Jordi Pavilion, a completely refurbished space that hosts temporary exhibitions.
The itinerary can be modified depending on the availability of spaces.
The best way to discover the hidden secrets of the Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site is to sign up for a guided tour. This visit follows the itinerary open to all visitors with a guide, who explains the history of Sant Pau, the details of its construction and its artistic and heritage value. The visit concludes with a visit to the Sant Jordi Pavilion where you will find a temporary exhibition.
Guided visits are available in Catalan, Spanish, English and French, and also in other languages upon request and with a reservation made in advance.
The Sant Pau Art Nouveau visitors programme is part of Barcelona's Ruta del Modernisme.
In compliance with current legislation, guided visits to the Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site may only be conducted by tour guides authorized by the Generalitat of Catalonia and teachers accompanying groups of students.