Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site: Nostra Senyora de Montserrat (9)

The second of the two larger buildings to be restored was built between 1905 and 1912. The original use was for General Surgery for females.

The presence of stone sculpture is very important throughout the site. Capitals, floral details, corbels and structures all designed by the architect himself complete the varied decoration of the complex. Details such as delicate flowers embedded in the brick walls, niches, floral crowns on the capitals – each one different, despite their apparent uniformity – and reliefs on ventilation shafts are a sample of the varied work of the stonemasons.

The details are superb. All the shrines, angels, heads of angels and gargoyles in the form of animals on the complex were the work of Gargallo.


Source: All the information in these Sant Pau posts is taken from the admission booklet. 

How to get there:
Metro: L5 Sant Pau / Dos de Maig or L2 to Sagrada Familia and walk up Avenue de Gaudi
Bus: H8, 19, 20, 45, 47, 50, 51, 92, 117, 192

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Heyjude

I now live in the UK, but spent several years travelling and then living in South Africa. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

16 thoughts on “Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site: Nostra Senyora de Montserrat (9)”

    1. I think at that time there were a few of these architect,s including Gaudi, who designed every minute detail about their buildings. Very precise!

  1. I can well-imagine that arriving at this hospital for treatment must have been very calming for the patients. Even though once in their hospital bed, they could not see all this detail, knowing the care that had been taken in the construction must have made them trust the care that they would receive once inside.
    A stark contrast to many of our own Victorian Gothic monstrosities, which can only have given rise to thoughts of doom!
    Best wishes, Pete. x

    1. As you can see by the number of posts I am doing about this site I really fell in love with it, a couple of hours flew by as I wandered around, often retracing my steps as I realised that each building although looking the same, had entirely different features. The overall unity of the site is breath-taking.

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