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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  • The buildings were lovely, great to photograph. Some sections were closed for maintenance and there wasn't very much inside the buildings. Nice to stroll through, but there are better attractions in.....  more »
  • Highly recommended to include in the itinerary when visiting Barcelona. Beautiful and colorful old buildings and structures is a feast for the eyes. Just quite weird to imagine that it used to be a...  more »
  • My wife read about this site on Atlas Obscura and it looked very interesting. The facility was unbelievably stunning in all ways! It was built to be a hospital for the poor and it was more like a...  more »
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  • Our guide was amazing. Super clear and interesting. Really worthy. Impressive building. It has been an honor to visit this World Heritage Site
  • What an amazing surprise! We decided last minute to visit the Recinte Modernista, and I'm so glad we did. It's a wonderful place with beautiful buildings and gardens, built out of love and dedication for fellow humans. I highly recommend the audioguide, which tells you a little about the history of this former hospital. I absolutely loved it :)
  • The building is fabulous but it is completely not properly explored. Only one room replicating the Era?! Come on... And so much advertising on the curgery room and all you can see is an empty room? Not worth the money and being this a place trying to be positioned as a new relevant monument it should have more investment.
  • One of the most beautiful man-made sites I have ever visited. What foresight and vision it took to create such a wonderful hospital. It would have made me feel better just to go there! If you are in Barcelona, find the €20 and go visit. Tou won't be disappointed.
  • A beautiful place It's hard to imagine it was still functioning as a public hospital until a few years ago. The museum is informative and relaxed and spread across the grounds. Highly recommended
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