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Barcelona: Sant Pau Recinte Modernista Entry Ticket

Activity provider: Turisme de Barcelona

Barcelona: Sant Pau Recinte Modernista Entry Ticket

Activity provider: Turisme de Barcelona

From US$ 15.70 per person

Explore the world’s largest Art Nouveau complex on a 1.5-hour tour of the Sant Pau Recinte Modernista in Barcelona. Travel back in time to the early years of the 20th century and discover the garden city and hospital designed by Lluís Domènech i Montaner.

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  • Discover a masterpiece of Art Nouveau architecture at Sant Pau Recinte
  • Stroll among the gardens and renovated pavilions
  • Marvel at sculptures, stained glass and mosaics
  • See the world's largest Art Nouveau complex
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Discover a masterpiece of Art Nouveau architecture with an entrance ticket to the world’s largest Art Nouveau site at the Sant Pau Recinte Modernista. Built between 1905 and 1930 from a design by the Modernista architect, Lluís Domènech i Montaner, the Sant Pau Recinte complex was initially intended as a garden city to nurse the sick. It was used as a public hospital for a century, and has now been refurbished to its former splendor. By the late 19th century, the old Hospital de la Santa Creu in Barcelona's El Raval neighborhood needed to be relocated as it had become too small. The result was an ambitious project inspired by breakthroughs in health and hygiene. The institution has always been associated with charitable work, welfare, and the latest advances in healthcare. Marvel at the Modernista motifs of the renovated pavilions, and discover how the former hospital complex has become a knowledge campus for international organizations, such as the European Forest Institute, Casa Àsia, the Global University Network for Innovation, and the United Nations University Institute on Globalization, Culture, and Mobility. Delve into history of one of Barcelona’s most dazzling buildings. Stroll among the pavilions, set in gardens and connected by underground passage ways that showcase sculptures, stained glass and mosaics.
  • Entrance fee to Sant Pau Recinte Modernista
  • Guided tour
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Calle Sant Antoni Maria Claret, 167, 08025 Barcelona

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol and drugs

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  •  On the first Sunday of the month, visitors over 65 years old can enjoy free access to Sant Pau Recinte Modernista
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4.7 /5

based on 436 reviews

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The Hospital of San Paolo was declared a World Heritage Site in 1997. It is a complex of pavilions of modernist architecture and decoration, surrounded by gardens and connected to each other by a web of underground galleries. The modernist enclosure of Sant Pau was created thanks to the legacy of a banker from Barcelona, Pau Gil i Serra, who allocated part of his inheritance to the construction of a hospital, with the name of Sant Pau, to assist the poor. The architect Domènech i Montaner who oversaw the construction conceived the hospital as a "garden city" in which the sick did not feel "locked up", and this is exactly the feeling that remains after the visit. I had a Catalan friend who was my guide. For those who do not have my luck I recommend taking a guide or at least the audio guide to know all the useful information to be able to fully enjoy the visit. There is no other modernist hospital like this!

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August 6, 2022

The hospital is definitely worth a visit. The buildings themselves are very fascinating, but the history of medicine, for example which instruments were used for an operation at the time, was also very exciting. The digital audio guide was also great, so you knew exactly where the next station was and so you saw everything.

September 15, 2021

A fantastic example of modernist/art nouveau architecture in the form of an open air hospital campus where wards become individual buildings linked by underground tunnels. In a city where many tourists only know the name of Antoni Gaudí, it is wonderful to see the work of his contemporaries. In this case, Lluís Domènech i Montaner.

August 19, 2021

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