Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau

Architecture in L'Eixample

Domènech i Montaner outdid himself as architect and philanthropist with the Modernista Hospital de la Santa Creu i de Sant Pau, renamed the 'Recinte Modernista' in 2014. It was long considered one of the city’s most important hospitals but was repurposed, its various spaces becoming cultural centres, offices and something of a monument. The complex, including 16 pavilions – together with the Palau de la Música Catalana, a joint Unesco World Heritage Site – is lavishly decorated and each pavilion is unique.

Domènech i Montaner wanted to create an environment that would also cheer up patients. Among artists who contributed statuary, ceramics and artwork was the prolific Eusebi Arnau.

Guided tours (adult/child €19/free) lasting 90 minutes are available in a variety of languages; English tours depart at 10.30am.