Barcelona, a photo a day

Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau

Another day, another World Heritage Site. Plenty of them around. Even our local hospital is one. But what a hospital! 18 pavillions, built between 1901 and 1930 by the catalan architect Lluis Domenech i Montaner, situated in a rather lovely, but already a bit dry, park. It was built as a hospital city, the architect did it very much with its patients in mind, convinced that aesthetic, harmony and pleasant surroundings were good for the health.
The 18 pavillions are adorned with the medieval flourishes that characterise the architect’s style.
Unfortunately, as the buildings are getting too old for modern medicine, a new hospital is being built, made of concrete, steel and glass. Shame.
Even though the buildings are from the 20th century, there has been a hospital here since 1401.
And you can also see it in Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona.
You want to know more? It’s here.

5 responses

  1. Who would mind being sick in a hospital as beautiful as that one! I really like your blog!


    June 29, 2009 at 1:22 pm

  2. There was a disconnect between the title and what I was beginning to see of the photo as I scrolled down. It looks like a church! Fantastic!


    June 28, 2009 at 5:32 am

  3. If I was in that hospital I wouldn't feel like leaving for a while. That is beautiful.


    June 28, 2009 at 12:22 am

  4. Hola Rob,
    I just discovered your Daily Photo Barcelona and I'm very happy since I consider your city to be one of the most beautiful in the world.

    Well, this is not enough… your pictures are amazing! You're on my list.



    June 27, 2009 at 8:04 pm

  5. Oh my! This is really beautiful. There is nothing quite like this old architecture.


    June 27, 2009 at 6:21 pm