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Sant Pau Recinte Modernista, Barcelona

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Architectural Building Tourist Spot
Discover early 20th-century modernist architecture at Sant Pau Recinte Modernista. 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. Arrange your visit to Sant Pau Recinte Modernista and discover more family-friendly attractions in Barcelona using our Barcelona trip itinerary maker.
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  • I think it was beyond beautiful and definitely overwhelming!!!! its very different than Gaudi's architect and i'm just surprised that not everyone knows this place!!! As well, its only 5-10mins walk a...  more »
  • What a magic place. Every piece of mosaic shines. And there are loads and loads of impressive mosaics. Let me explain. This is a hospital built in the early 1900s. And boy it must have been the most p...  more »
  • Our tour book indicated that the Hospital was worth a visit, and it surely was correct. The architecture was beautiful on all of the buildings and the grounds that were meant to be peaceful for the pa...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Most of the buildings are not visitable either because they are closed or used for private events during visiting hours. In the surgery building, for example, one is only allowed in a small room with a screen that shows a slideshow of old pictures. Where available, the info panels are interesting...the property is kept very clean but the ticket is simply too expensive for what is offered.
  • Outdating place, worth visiting just for the sights. Going for the exhibition is a plus. One of the best hidden jewels of Barcelona
  • I thought I would come here to see what all the hype was about. I personally found this to be quite underwhelming, and I did see anything very, very special about it.
  • Great building with a great cafe next to it. One of the best places to grab a bite and take in the sites.

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