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Hospital Sant Pau in Barcelona

trisadj - Thank you SO much for your post about this wonderful place. We have been to Barcelona twice but did not know of it until reading your post. We visited last month but were too late for the English tour. In our 5 years of travel in Europe, this was the only place where my husband actually sought out information & planned a return for the next day so we could tour in English. The architecture & medical history were amazing - and even more amazing to realize that it functioned as a modern hospital until 2002! Don't miss the pictures of the renovations which include photos of the hospital in use.

FYI: (as I was a little confused when I googled information - & when I asked at the tourist information booth):
The old hospital St Pau is in central Barcelona near Las Ramblas. This is where Gaudi died. It is now a national library with a quiet pretty courtyard.
The modern hospital St Pau opened in 2002 & is adjacent to the Hospital St Pau that is an architectural showplace & is now open for touring. They share a website so you have to search around for tour information. There is a subway stop for St Pau - when you exit, you are looking at the modern building. Head downhill, turn right at the first corner & you'll start seeing the mosaics, tiled buildings, & carvings just before you reach the ornate iron gates at the entry.

As you exit, you can see the Sagrada Familia on down the hill. The walk to there is a little further than it looks, but is along a pedestrian paseo. We spent a pleasant afternoon walking around the area & watching old men play bocce ball in the park by the Sagrada before taking the subway from there. Hospital Sant Pau now tops the list of our "must see's" for Barcelona!

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