Antic Hospital de la Santa Creu in Barcelona
The Antic Hospital de la Santa Creu, also known as the Old Hospital of the Holy Cross, is a 15th-century hospital complex located in the heart of Barcelona. The building is a masterpiece of Gothic architecture and has been designated a Cultural Asset of National Interest.
Founded in 1401, the Antic Hospital de la Santa Creu was one of the oldest hospitals in Europe and served as a center for healthcare and medical research for over 500 years. The hospital was renowned for its medical innovations, including the creation of one of the first blood banks.
The Antic Hospital de la Santa Creu is also notable for its connection to the famous Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi, who died in the hospital in 1926 after being hit by a tram. Gaudi, known for his distinctive style of Catalan Modernism, is widely considered one of the greatest architects of the 20th century.
Today, the Antic Hospital de la Santa Creu is a cultural center that hosts exhibitions and cultural events. The complex includes a chapel, a library, and several rooms that house a variety of artistic treasures, including paintings, sculptures, and other works of art.
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