World’s most beautiful hospital: Sant Pau, Barcelona

Best regards from far,

The Sant Pau Art nouveau site is off the very beaten path of the modernist landmarks of Barcelona. A stone’s throw away from La Sagrada Familia, it is an impressive hospital that was built in the early 20th century and one of the most beautiful examples of modernist architecture.

At the turn of the 20th century, the population of Barcelona was rapidly growing and lacking a modern hospital. The 1401 Santa Creu hospital (the hospital of the Holy Cross) that had been in function for five centuries in the gothic heart of Barcelona was outdated. A new hospital was greatly needed.

Born and raised in Barcelona, and living in Paris where he got inspired by Lariboisière, the banker Paul Gil i Sera (1816-1896) became a generous benefactor and devoted a big part of his fortune to the construction of a new modern hospital in his hometown. It will take almost…

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