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Barcelona: Guided Tour of the Old House of Convalescence

Product ID: 242822
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Delight in a visit to the Old House of Convalescence, a building that represents the pinnacle of the Catalan baroque. Discover beautiful ceramics, learn about the history of medicine, and stare in awe at the so-called Catalan Sistine Chapel.
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Duration: 50 minutes
Starting times 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM, 12:30 PM
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Spanish, Catalan, English
Wheelchair accessible

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  • Discover the jewel of the Catalan Baroque style
  • Admire the chapel of Saint Paul, known as the Catalan Sistine Chapel
  • Explore the gardens based on the novels of a famous Catalan writer
  • See how patients recovered in the 17th century
Full description
Enjoy a guided tour of the House of Convalescence of the old Hospital of the Holy Cross, one of the last Renaissance buildings made in Barcelona before the irruption of the baroque. Find out about its construction in the 17th century, and discover where patients were able to finish their recovery.

Admire the ceramic decoration of the House of Convalescence, one of the most remarkable collections of all Catalan ceramics, especially Llorenç Passoles' work on the ceiling of the main hall. Then, marvel at the precious painting of the chapel of Saint Paul by Josep Bal, a well-preserved masterpiece considered to be the Catalan Sistine Chapel.

Next, see the sculpture of Saint Paul that protects the cloister and crowns the central water well that provided water to the entire house. Finally, learn about the history of medicine in Barcelona by entering the Institute of Catalan Studies, an institution dedicated to the dissemination and research of Catalan culture and sciences located in the House of Convalescence since 1931.
  • Guided tour
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

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Meeting point

Carrer del Carme, 47, 08001 Barcelona, Spain.

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Important information
Not allowed
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol and drugs
Know before you go
• Please arrive at the meeting point 15 minutes before the activity starts
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Requesens Palace

Product ID: 242822