Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau: A Complete Guide


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The Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau is a complex of buildings in the Eixample district of Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. It was declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1997.

The complex was built during the years 1906-1914 and is an example of Catalan modernisme with its distinctive style. The architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner designed the building to house the Hospital de Sant Pau, which was founded in 1901 by Dr. Josep Trueta i Soler and Maria Duran i Sanpere to provide medical care for workers and their families.

The architecture of the Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau is a great example of modernisme, a type of architectural style that was influential in Barcelona. Notably, the complex was designed by Lluis Domenech i Montaner. Its art nouveau-style facade is well worth visiting.

The Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau also hosts some other interesting buildings like a library, an auditorium, a hospital and more. One of the most famous buildings in this complex is a chapel, which was built from 1905 to 1910. The chapel has an octagonal shape and its design mixes Gothic and Catalan architectural styles.

By Justine Ancheta

California native, churro aficionado, and mom of 3, Justine Ancheta writes fervently about Barcelona and Spain. Since 2008, she's been eating burnt onions (calçots) and tripping on cobblestones in the Gothic Quarter. She shares tips on popular attractions, exposes offbeat non-touristy spots, and gives insight on exploring Barcelona with kids. Her next Catalan culture challenge: top level of a human castle (castellers).

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