Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau, Barcelona

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World heritage site · Architectural Building · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
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 nurse in emergency section left my friend in pain for more than 3 hours telling her she will be next every time my friend asked her when she can take care of her. When my friend called me to help....  more »
  • If you already know the architecture of Gaudi, then you must complete your idea of Catalan Modernisme (art nouveau, or secessionism elsewhere) by visiting this architectural and decorative artist...  more »
  • This was an amazing tour of a spectacularly beautiful and interesting museum in what used to be a massive hospital complex. I enjoyed it very much. The only reason for not rating it a 5 is that the...  more »
  • 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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