Hospital de la Santa Creu | Barcelona, Spain | Travel

Y'all, it's time for me to be really real: I stink at social media.  There, I said it.  I get so caught up in all of the adventures of real life that I often forget to slow down enough to document it.  The first step to overcoming a problem is admitting you have one, right?  Well now that I have that part out of the way, it's time for me to start trying to catch up!

Back in May my husband traveled to Spain for work and I was fortunate enough to be able to join him.  We stayed an extra week and traveled to Italy (I'll do a post on that, too!) and it was truly an awesome experience.  Because my hubs was working the first half of the trip I had plenty of time to explore Barcelona on my own and with camera in tow.  

Of all of the amazing places Barcelona has to offer, my favorite find of them all was Hospital de la Santa Creu. This hospital complex was built in the early 1900’s and was fully functioning until 2009. Architectural photographer, I am not, but that did not stop me from doing my best to try and document some of the beauty these 26 buildings had to offer.

By far, one of the coolest things about the complex was the network of underground tunnels and passages between the buildings. They were designed so that patients with communicable illnesses and/or disfiguring conditions could have privacy. Check out one of them below:

It was agreed by all involved in the design and construction of the grounds that natural sunlight as well as lavender where two of the greatest natural elements doctors could offer their patients. That is why the grounds still today have lavender everywhere you turn. And why all of the buildings are flooded with natural light through the immense windows every building has to offer.

Have you been to Barcelona? How about Hospital de la Santa Creu? I would love to hear what you thought about it and if you found it as stunning as I did!