The hospital complex was built between the years 1901 and 1930, by the plans of architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner, during the same time of Gaudi. The area of the hospital is 300 square meters, and it is decorated with colorful turrets, domes, and wonderful statues. The windows of the building are framed in decorated stone with vibrant mosaics and broken tiles. Montaner believed in the healing powers of shapes and colors, and so he was sure to use lots of colorful decorations, creating an atmosphere that is totally different from what is expected from hospitals.
In the hospital complex are 27 buildings that are used as different departments for the hospital, with small green gardens between them. Each building has its own character, and together they create harmony and architectural beauty. In 1997 the complex was chosen as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
The hospital was built in the 15th century, and was at first located where the National Library of Catalonia is located. At the same time, six small hospitals operated in the city from the Middle Ages. They were combined to one big hospital, and at the end of the 19th century, it was decided to build a new and more modern hospital, what you are looking at now.