After four years of painstaking restoration, the Hospital de Sant Pau complex back to its initial splendor finally by reopening it to the public again. As a free entrance was issued to celebrate the event, I took my camera for shooting a few images inside this magnificent building. Actually, this exuberant and breathtaking sample of modernist architecture can rival only the Sagrada Familia in town for size and innovation.
The Hospital de Sant Pau building was thought to replace the obsolete and too small Hospital de la Santa Creu at the end of 19th century. At that time, the famous Catalan architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner was in charge to project this new hospital for the city of Barcelona and he thought about creating a sort of garden city that would also cheer up patients.
The innovative hospital was inaugurated in 1930 and the result was a magnificent complex of whimsical pavilions adorned with colorful turrets and covered with beautiful mosaics, stained glass and marble sculptures.
Today, this unique modernist complex, declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO, is mainly a knowledge campus. In fact, it hosts headquarters of international organisations such as Casa Àsia and the United Nations University Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility. The fully restored complex just increased the wide and prestigious offer of sightseeing existing in town. Also, more chances for taking new photos in Barcelona!