Monday, February 9, 2009

Sant Pau Hospital: Cupolas

Art Nouveau Cupola, Sant Pau Hospital [enlarge]

Can you imagine a hospital with buildings like this? Think of a central square with colorful flowers and bloomed orange trees surrounded by brick wall pavilions crowned with beautiful Art Nouveau cupolas and literally covered with sculptures and assorted architectural adornments. That is not a dream, it exists. You only have to visit Sant Pau Hospital (Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau). Maybe you would say: "No way, I don't like hospitals". Well, you don't need to visit the wards. Just enter through the main gate on Cartagena street, one block away from L5 blue subway line (there are other entrances but this one is by far the most interesting) climb the stairs and walk through the main administration building towards the square. You can sit on a bench there, take a lot of wonderful pictures and most of all, enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the place. When you leave you won't have the feeling you visited a hospital but a certain feeling that you have been in contact with a beautiful past. If you check this previous post you will find a map of Sant Pau hospital: Modernist Wall Adornment.


  1. Beautiful photo! This building is awesome. I suppose it was Gaudi project, am I right?:)

  2. It is really amazing that hospital looks like this!! Great photo!!

  3. You might be interested in this blog post where La Sagrada Familia was discussed: click here. I'm sure Garry would love comments.

    That's an outstanding hospital. I have hundreds of hospital postcards/photos, and I don't think I've seen one like this.

  4. Great photo

  5. Your images are so sharp, so intense in colour ... so impressive!