Photo tour of the Hospital Sant Pau in Barcelona

Sant Pau

During our latest visit to Barcelona we had the good fortune to be able to take a tour of the newly renovated Sant Pau Hospital in Barcelona, a Modernista’s dream.  This complex was built between 1901 and 1930, designed by the Catalan modernist architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner. We’re putting together more information about Sant Pau in particular and the Modernistas in general, but thought we would share these photos sooner rather than later.

This is a plan of the hospital complex and some models showing what the administration building and pavilions look like.  On the plan, the darker images are what was actually built, the lighter images show the original plan.  They had to scale down the plans because of lack of funding.

We began our tour in the tunnels that connect all of the buildings underground.  Here is our very knowledgable guide and some photos of the underground tunnels that were used to transport patients between the buildings.

Here are some photos of the main administration building

Here are some photos of the pavilions.  Each of these were used for one specific medical purpose, but all connected through the underground tunnels.

The architectural details were beautiful.  Notice the repeated use of animals and plants.  The architect believed that the patients would heal more quickly in an atmosphere of nature.  This philosophy was extended to the open areas between the buildings that were planted with flowers, trees, and medicinal plants.

Absenta Bar
This Barceloneta hangout serves some of the best patatas bravas in the city.
Address: Carrer Sant Carles, 36, Barcelona 08003 Spain— Get directions
Website: absenta.bar
Telephone: +34 932 21 36 38
Hours of operation: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 11:00AM – 3:00AM, Tuesday 6:00PM – 3:00AM, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 11:00AM – 3:30AM
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Rostra rating: 4
Bar Joan
Great little value-for-money restaurant in Santa Caterina market.
Address: Carrer d'En Giralt el Pellicer, 2, Barcelona 08003 Spain— Get directions
Website: www.mercatsantacaterina.net
Telephone: +34 933 10 61 50
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Rostra rating: 3.5
Bar Tomás de Sarrià
Considered the best bravas in this spiral arm of the galaxy, they are the unprotected sex version of this preparation. The spuds are fried to a greasy splendor and then topped with an aioli boasting an off-the-scale ratio of garlic-to-oil.
Address: Carrer Major de Sarrià, 49, Barcelona 08017 Spain— Get directions
Website: eltomasdesarria.com
Telephone: +34 932 03 10 77
Hours of operation: Monday-Saturday 12:00–4:00PM, 6:00PM–10:00PM
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Rostra rating: 3.5
Bodega Sepulveda
A solid Barcelona restaurant where the meat offerings are a tour de force of old-school Catalan cuisine. Don't plan to eat dinner there before 10PM, though, or you'll be eating alone.
Address: Carrer Sepúlveda, 173, Barcelona 08011 Spain— Get directions
Website: bodegasepulveda.net
Telephone: +34 933 23 59 44
Hours of operation: Monday-Friday 1PM to 4:30PM and 8PM to 1AM, Saturdays 8PM to 1AM, closed Sundays
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Rostra rating: 4
Cal Pep
Cal Pep is one of our favorite all time restaurants in the world.
Address: Place de les olles, 8, Barcelona 08003 Spain— Get directions
Website: www.calpep.com
Telephone: 310-79-61
Email: calpep@calpep.com
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Rostra rating: 5
Can Majó
This is a great little funky restaurant with fried goodness.
Address: Carrer de l'Almirall Aixada, 23, Barcelona 08003 Spain— Get directions
Website: canmajo.es
Telephone: +34 932 21 54 55
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Rostra rating: 4
Can Maño
It's a restaurant that we enjoyed.
Address: Carrer del Baluard, 12, Barcelona 08003 Spain— Get directions
Telephone: +34 933 19 30 82
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Rostra rating: 3
Can Sole
We love this place for sentimental reasons. The food is just OK and kind of expensive.
Address: Carrer de Sant Carles, 4, Barcelona 08003 Spain— Get directions
Website: restaurantcansole.com
Telephone: +34 932 21 50 12
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Rostra rating: 2
Casa Delfin
Address: Passeig del Born, 36, Barcelona 08003 Spain— Get directions
Website: tallerdetapas.com
Telephone: +34 933 19 50 88
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Rostra rating: 3.5
Cervecería Catalana
MagoGuide’s take on Cervecería Catalana is that despite the familial connection, you should go to nearby Ciudad Condal if you are interested in food. If you are more interested in beer, then Cervecería Catalana is the place to go.
Address: Carrer de Mallorca, 236, Barcelona 08008 Spain— Get directions
Website: www.facebook.com/Cervecer%C3%ADa-Catalana-539478542770052/
Telephone: +34 932 16 03 68
Hours of operation: Monday to Friday 8AM-1:30AM, Saturday and Sunday 9AM to 1:30PM
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Rostra rating: 3
Ciudad Condal
Ciudad Condal is good VFM given its location on La Ramblas di Catalunya. There is no extra charge for eating outside, which is very pleasant on a nice day. The wine pours are generous and significantly cheaper than a lot of nearby establishments (ditto beer), and tapas prices seemed in line with most other traditional places in far less frequented parts of the city.
Address: Rambla de Catalunya, 18, Barcelona 08007 Spain— Get directions
Website: www.facebook.com/pages/Ciudad-Condal/168195233218836
Telephone: +34 933 18 19 97
Hours of operation: Monday to Sunday from 8AM -1:30AM
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Rostra rating: 4
Cova Fumada
This is a real deal VFM establishment, but you have got to earn it.
Address: Barcelonetta square, Barcelona 08003 Spain— Get directions
Website: www.facebook.com/pages/La-Cova-Fumada/167510036619950
Telephone: +34 932 21 40 61
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Rostra rating: 4
Cuines Santa Caterina Bar
This is a great bar that we have enjoyed going to time and again.
Address: Avinguda de Francesc Cambó, 20, Barcelona 08003 Spain— Get directions
Website: www.cuinessantacaterina.com/
Telephone: +33 - 93.268.99.18
Hours of operation: 1pm to 4pm and 8pm to 23.30pm
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Rostra rating: 4
Escribà Xiringuito
Yet another of one of our all time favorite restaurants in the world.
Address: Av. del Litoral, 62, Barcelona 08005 Spain— Get directions
Website: xiringuitoescriba.com
Telephone: +34 932 21 07 29
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Rostra rating: 5
Homo Sibaris
Address: Plaça d'Osca, 4, Barcelona 08014 Spain— Get directions
Website: homosibaris.com
Telephone: +34 931 85 66 93
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Rostra rating: 3
La Bodegueta del Poble Sec
We love the Poble Sec district and we love this restaurant.
Address: Carrer de Blai, 47, Barcelona 08004 Spain— Get directions
Website: labodeguetabcn.com
Telephone: +34 934 42 08 46
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Rostra rating: 3.5
La Medusa 73
Address: Mercat del Ninot, Carrer de Mallorca, 135, Barcelona 08036 Spain— Get directions
Telephone: +34 932 77 70 60
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Rostra rating: 3.5
La Roseta
Address: Carrer de Meer, 37, Barcelona 08003 Spain— Get directions
Website: www.facebook.com/larosetabarceloneta/
Telephone: +34 673 81 69 76
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Rostra rating: 3
La Tomaquera
We enjoyed our meat meal here.
Address: Carrer de Margarit, 64, Barcelona 08004 Spain— Get directions
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Rostra rating: 3
Lolita Taperia
The celebrity chef hybrid Lolita Taperia is one of MagoGuide’s favorite tapas bars in Barcelona. Get seats at the outside bar area for a great view of the kitchen. The line cook when we were there was intense and very good.
Address: Carrer Tamarit, 104, local2-4, Barcelona 08015 Spain— Get directions
Website: lolitataperia.com
Telephone: +34 934 24 52 31
Hours of operation: Tuesday and Wednesday 7PM to 12AM, Thursday 7PM to 2AM, Friday and Saturday 1PM to 4PM and 7PM to 2:30AM
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Rostra rating: 4.5
Mercat Princesa
This upbeat take on a food court is great for a group that has diverse tastes. The food is good and the atmosphere fun.
Address: Carrer dels Flassaders, 21, Barcelona 08003 Spain— Get directions
Website: mercatprincesa.com
Telephone: +34 932 68 15 18
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Rostra rating: 3
Mosquito
Mosquito is the place in Barcelona to gundge a few pot stickers and pound some decent brewkis.
Address: Carrer Carders, 46, Barcelona 08003 Spain— Get directions
Website: mosquitotapas.com
Telephone: +34 932 68 75 69
Hours of operation: Opens at 1PM everyday but Sunday when it opens at 7:30PM, closes at 12:30AM Monday-Wednesday and Sunday, 1AM on Thursday and 2:30AM on Friday and Saturday
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Rostra rating: 3
Neapolitan Authentic Pizza
Just OK pizza for a good price.
Address: Carrer de Gombau, 5, Barcelona 08003 Spain— Get directions
Telephone: 34 686 19 26 90
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Rostra rating: 2
Patxoca
Giovanni took us here for an evening of fun and good food.
Address: Carrer Mercaders, 28, Barcelona 08003 Spain— Get directions
Telephone: +34 933 19 20 29
Email: patxoca@yahoo.es
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Rostra rating: 3.5
Rekons
Rekons is an Argentinian empanada emporium in the Eixample serving up delicious meat and vegetarian versions. A most pleasant afternoon is to stroll over, gather up your piping hot empanada of choice, then sit outside and enjoy the street theater.
Address: Carrer Comte d'Urgell, 32, Barcelona 08011 Spain— Get directions
Website: empanadasrekons.com/
Telephone: +34 934 24 63 83
Hours of operation: Monday-Sunday 10AM-12AM
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Rostra rating: 3
Roman Via Sepulcral and Plaça Vila de Madrid
The Roman Via Sepulcral and the Plaça Vila de Madrid are interesting spots to stop, enjoy the archeological find of an ancient Roman city, and have a refreshment.
Address: Plaça de la Vila de Madrid, Barcelona 08002 Spain— Get directions
Website: museuhistoria.bcn.cat
Telephone: +34 932 56 21 22
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Rostra rating: 3
Santa Marta Bar
This is one of our favorite bars on the beach.
Address: Calle de Grau i Torras, 59, Barcelona Spain— Get directions
Telephone: +34 935 12 44 49
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Rostra rating: 3
Segons Mercat
Good tapas in Barceloneta and not very crowded when the others are.
Address: Carrer de Balboa, 16, Barcelona 08003 Spain— Get directions
Website: segonsmercat.com
Telephone: +34 933 10 78 80
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Rostra rating: 4
Taberna Blai Tonight
This is a great little tapas bar specializing in at least 20 varieties of pintxos, each costing only 1 Euro.
Address: Carrer Blai, 23, Barcelona 08004 Spain— Get directions
Telephone: +34 648 73 32 00
Hours of operation: Monday-Friday 6PM - 1AM Saturday-Sunday 12:30PM - 1AM
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Rostra rating: 3
Tapas 24
Tapas 24 ain’t cheap, but it is a very reasonable way to sample Adellan’s creative take on small bites.
Address: Carrer de la Diputació, 269, Barcelona 08007 Spain— Get directions
Website: carlesabellan.com
Telephone: +34 934 88 09 77
Hours of operation: Monday-Saturday 8AM-12AM
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Rostra rating: 3
Vacatada
Vacatada is basically an Argentinian steak house transported from the pampas to Catalonia. Be prepared to eat meat.
Address: Carrer del Doctor Trueta, 229, Barcelona 08005 Spain— Get directions
Website: restaurantevacatada.es
Telephone: +34 932 21 57 36
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Rostra rating: 4
Vaso de Oro
Once you're seated and start to order, great tapas comes your way. There is also several types of excellent beers to choose from.
Address: Calle de Balboa, 6, Barcelona 08003 Spain— Get directions
Website: vasodeoro.com
Telephone: +34 933 19 30 98
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Rostra rating: 3


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