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The Hospital of the Holy Cross and Saint Paul is an impressive architectural complex built between 1902 and 1930 by the famous Catalan modernist architect Lluís Doménech i Montaner.
This construction took place in two phases. The first was between 1902 and 1913 under the command of Doménech, who built the first 13 buildings, all of them in the modernist style. The second was done by his son, Pere Doménech i Roura, from 1920 to 1930. During that time, another six buildings of moderate modernist style were built, as were other constructions.
This hospital complex is considered, along with the Pere Mara Institute in Reus, one of the largest existing Catalan modernist architectural ensembles.
Of all the buildings, the most notable is undoubtedly the administrative one, which has a wide and enormous staircase at its entrance. Its sides are the library and secretarial rooms, and it has an area for its own church that is simply impressive. There are also medical wards, each of them different from the others in both design and style.
The complex has beautiful artistic decorations including sculptures by Eusebio Arnau and Pablo Gargallo and splendid mosaics and paintings by Francesc Labarta, as well as beautiful elements made with wrought iron by Josep Perpinyá.
Currently, this colossal medical complex operates with modernized and up-to-date services, as it is a university hospital. Due to its extraordinary architectural, artistic and heritage value, the Hospital of the Holy Cross and Saint Paul was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1997.