Hospital de Sant Pau: Barcelona's Hidden Art Nouveau Treasure with Guille Genestar

Hospital de Sant Pau: Barcelona's Hidden Art Nouveau Treasure with Guille Genestar


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The former Hospital of Santa Creu and Sant Pau is among the largest Art Nouveau complexes in the world, and one of the two UNESCO buildings designed by the brilliant architect Lluís Domènech Montaner, a professor who mentored Antoni Gaudí. 

Join us for an illustrated visit through this jaw-dropping hospital campus, hidden in Barcelona’s El Guinardó neighborhood. Through a combination of video footage and high-res photographs, we will be able to get an up-close look at the Hospital's stunning interiors. 

This hospital was originally founded in the 15th century as Spain’s first hospital. However, its new Art Nouveau campus was built between 1901 and 1930 and designed by Montaner – not only an architect, but also a historian, professor, politician, designer, heraldist, and intellectual. Domènech’s groundbreaking innovations were aimed to provide the best rehabilitative convalescence to the patients of this public hospital: improved ventilation, insolation, underground galleries, gardens, high ceilings, and natural lighting. 

An army of the best craftsmen of the time created this jewel: sculptors, glaziers, carpenters, stonemasons, and ironsmiths. The site’s 26 buildings comprised a fully functioning hospital until June 2009 when the nearby Hospital Dos de Maig was completed. In 2014 the site reopened as a museum, events space, and teaching hospital. 

Led by the expert local licensed guide and cultural communicator, Guille Genestar, this seminar will fill participants with the emotion of this magnificent and unique Art Nouveau site. Participants will come away with an increased understanding of this hidden gem by an exceptional architect.

Guille is a cultural guide and lecturer. He was born in Menorca and educated in Mallorca and Barcelona. He holds a degree in Tourism Management, a degree in Humanities and a Masters in Cultural Communication. He's a licensed tour guide of Catalonia & Barcelona, where he's been working since 1997. He gives regular talks and presentations on the world of Gaudí, the history of Catalonia and Barcelona and the Picasso universe. He previously worked as a travel agent and tour leader overseas. Thanks to his ample experience in the tourism industry, he also works as a trainer in communication skills for other tour guides. He's fluent in English, French, Italian and bilingual Catalan and Spanish. His personal interests are digital gadgets and swing dance.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Freddie (Highlands, US)
Best architect in Barcelona….better than Gaudi.

I admired it from afar while it was under renovation and finally got inside three years ago. Magnificent renovation of a stellar building that reflects the times

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Clyde G Min (Honolulu, US)
Great recommendation for a return visit to Barcelona ...

The information shared at the beginning on Art Nouveau was unexpected and very helpful to appreciate the Hospital de Sant Pau architecture.

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Freddie (Highlands, US)
Best architect in Barcelona….better than Gaudi.

I admired it from afar while it was under renovation and finally got inside three years ago. Magnificent renovation of a stellar building that reflects the times

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Clyde G Min (Honolulu, US)
Great recommendation for a return visit to Barcelona ...

The information shared at the beginning on Art Nouveau was unexpected and very helpful to appreciate the Hospital de Sant Pau architecture.