In 1401 Barcelona witnessed the execution of one of the most ambitious and far-reaching hospital projects that medieval Europe had ever seen: the Hospital de la Santa Creu.
Centuries later, and thanks to the initiative of banker Pau Gil i Serra (1816-1896), the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau was built between 1902 and 1930 by Lluís Domènech i Montaner. This hospital is a genuine masterpiece of Modernisme, a unique work that marks the convergence of all the decorative arts applied to architecture. It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997.
When in 2009 the healthcare service was transferred to a new building, a refurbishment process began of the pavilions of this modernista hospital, one of the most formidable heritage recovery operations of recent decades.
Today, the Sant Pau Modernista Precinct has recovered its cultural value, which it places at the service of citizens in the form of a centre of knowledge which accommodates leading institutions in the fields of health, sustainability and education, and with a programme of visits by which people may discover its patrimonial wealth.
This book sets out to encourage the reader to become familiar with an emblematic complex that pursues the goal of continuing to make history.