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The former Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau (Hospital of the Holy Cross and Saint Paul) in the neighborhood of El Guinardó, Barcelona, is a complex built between 1901 and 1930, designed by the Catalan modernist architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner. Together with Palau de la Música Catalana, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was a fully functioning hospital until June 2009.

Although the hospital’s current buildings date from the 20th century, the Hospital de la Santa Creu (the last part of its name, “Sant Pau”, was added in honour of the banker, Pau Gil, who paid the new buildings in the twentieth century) was founded in 1401 when six small medieval hospitals merged. The hospital’s former buildings near the center of Barcelona date from the 15th century, and now house an art school (Escola Massana) and Biblioteca de Catalunya (National Library of Catalonia).

Today, Sant Pau, the Europe’s largest Art Nouveau Site. A visit to Sant Pau takes you right inside the spirit of Modernisme and the history of one of Europe’s oldest hospital institutions. With more than six centuries of history, Sant Pau is one of the oldest institutions in the country. The Historical Archive of the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau conserves an invaluable collection of documentary materials that bear witness to the evolution of medicine and the history of Barcelona and Catalonia.

The Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site is one of the outstanding landmarks of Barcelona’s heritage and culture. Conceived by its architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner as a city within the city, a hospital made up of widely-spaced pavilions, well ventilated and oriented amid gardens to help the sick get better sooner, it was declared a Historic Artistic Monument in 1978, and recognised as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1997. The Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site has special areas of great artistic and heritage value. Its unique charm and the variety of formats on offer make Sant Pau the perfect place to hold conferences, workshops, corporate events and professional meetings.

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