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Sant Pau Recinte Modernista (Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau)


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The prettiest hospital I've ever been to

Published by L Ge — 2 years ago

The design, both exterior and interior, of the Sant Pau Hospital in Barcelona embodies the Catalan Art Nouveau, or Modernista. The design here is not as bold as Gaudi's architectural designs but rather traditional. Anyway, this hospital is the prettiest one amongst all the hospitals I've been to. 

Let's look at the facade of its main building:

The prettiest hospital I've ever been to

It looks magnificent, and the details are full of Catalan flavour. 

After buying a ticket, I visited the hospital by following the signposts. The first stop was the basement:

The prettiest hospital I've ever been to

The prettiest hospital I've ever been to

Actually, there wasn't much to see in the basement. It was clean and bright, though. There were some passages, and the passages were connected to each other. These underground passages were used to transport patients to different parts of the hospital. 

At the end of the main passage, I finished my visit to the basement and went upstairs.

The prettiest hospital I've ever been to

Up there was the garden of the hospital. The design of the garden was really simple because it was just a place for inpatients to get some fresh air.  But the buildings around the garden looked pretty:

The prettiest hospital I've ever been to

The prettiest hospital I've ever been to

There was little to see in these buildings. After browsing them, I went to the last station of the visit: the main building. Compared with the other buildings, the main building had a lot to see. Every part of its interior design was pretty. For example, look at its vault of the ground floor, it was pink!

The prettiest hospital I've ever been to

And the vault of the first floor was full of leaflike patterns:

The prettiest hospital I've ever been to

And the cream colour walls and decorations:

The prettiest hospital I've ever been to

The mural and the sculptures:

I have never seen a hospital that has so many warm colours. I guess the patients here must feel warmer and less upset than patients in other hospitals. 

Tips: the hospital is not far away from Sagrada Familia, and its location is easy to be found; my ticket cost about 9 euros, but visitors above 30 need to pay more; although it's an attraction, the hospital is still in use as a hospital, so only a small part of it is open to tourists; it takes shorter than one hour to finish the visit.

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