Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau, Barcelona

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Discover early 20th-century modernist architecture at Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau. Operating as a fully functioning hospital until 2009, the building now houses a museum and cultural center and is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Walk the grounds to admire the ornate facades and impressive detailing of the structure, or take a tour of the hospital interior for an in-depth look at the building’s former function. Head down Avenida de Gaudí after your visit for prime photo opportunities of both the hospital and the famous Sagrada Familia church. A visit to Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Barcelona vacation planner to plot your vacation.
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  • Don't spend the money on this and just observe from the outside. I mean if you are into tile, go in but 12 Euro is a lot for what you get. There is neat tile work and the outsides of the buildings are...  more »
  • About 10-15 minutes to walk straight from the Sagrada Familia? It is near. I don't think in the old days was used as a hospital, the more decoration and colours are lovely building lot. On-site staff were impressive, just look what a waste I think.
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  • Sagrada Familia Gaudi Street at about a 15-minute walk north. Wider patio and inside, there are some beautiful buildings around. You could watch calmly as other landmarks not crowded people. I think it's easily the best spots.
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  • IMHO this is the the BEST place to experience architecture in Barcelona. We were there before the restoration when it was a working hospital. I would like to go back and see what they have restored.
  • Unbelievable art nouveau architecture and tiles. Breathtaking visit.
  • Beautiful former hospital facility turned UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • The buildings are pretty but only a couple of buildings were open for tourists to explore... not much inside.
  • Fantastic place and has just gone through an amazing restoration. I was lucky to go with a friend who's a professor of art and he gave us a lot of info so I'd recommend a guided tour if you go.

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