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Sant Pau del Camp Barcelona

The Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site is opening an information and heritage centre in the 1,400-m2 Sant Salvador Pavilion. Visitors can learn about the history of the former Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau.

Sant Pau del Camp – Catalan for “Saint Paul of the countryside” or “in the fields”, is a church and former monastery in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. While the monastery now stands within the El Raval district in central Barcelona, it once stood outside the city (say, before 14th century); its rural location gave the church its name. There are no sources about the monastery’s origins, although it is generally thought that it was founded in the late 9th century, probably by count Wilfred II of Barcelona. The monastery is documented from 977; in 985 it was attacked and nearly destroyed by the Muslim troops of al-Mansur Ibn Abi Aamir, and abandoned by the monks. Restorations were begun in 1096 and a new monastic community arrived. The new monastery was again attacked in 1114; three years later it became a priory of the monastery of Sant Cugat, and again restored. It was defended by the city’s new line of walls in the 14th century. The monks were driven from the monastery in 1835.

It was declared National Monument in 1879.

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