This is the ceiling of a hospital. A hospital. As people there say “it is almost worth getting sick to come here” Its the Hospital de la Santa Creu i de Saint Pau, and the architect is Domanech i Montaner. When Gaudi was starting out, they said that he showed promise and might one day
be mentioned in the same breath as this man. History elevated Gaudi beyond, and to many, Barcelona and Gaudi are synonymous. Montaner just had the bad luck to be working around the same time.
Though his work is a little less fanciful and cleaner, the fantastic lurks within its lines. Okay, through the looking glass..
And onto the grounds….
And for a closer look at that tower…
We had been hitting all the Art Nouveau buildings in the area but we were on a quest to see the Sagrada Familia. We were still within the arches of the hospital and I was checking the map to see where to go from here when my partner said “were you looking for that?”