Strolling through the cloister of what used to be the old Hospital of the Holy Cross, we come across the hospital's Pharmacy, original from 1417, the oldest in Europe, and currently owned by the Royal Academy of Pharmacy of Catalonia, which carefully preserves the furniture, the original ceramic containers and the window of 1696, used to rid medicines. Do not miss the opportunity to know this hidden corner.
We are in the old Convalescence House of the General Hospital, which was later the Hospital of the Holy Cross and of Saint Paul. This baroque construction has become part of the Catalan medical history, since it was a space dedicated to the cure and rest of the convalescent patients. In two places of the building we will find sculptures with the image of Saint Paul: the one sculpted by Lluís Bonifaç, in the center of the patio, and the one of Domènec Rovira, the Younger, that appears at the corner of the street of the Egipcíaques, and also the sculptural group, much later, entitled Catalonia and the Sciences, by Josep Llimona, entering the bottom of the ground floor. Other decorative elements are the ceramics due to Llorenç Passoles, which include the balustrades of Valencian tile, half white and half green. The paintings of the return of the chapel of the House of Convalescence are attributed to the teacher Josep Bal, considered the most representative work of the Catalan baroque. Enter one of the jewels of Barcelona, which is currently the headquarters of the Institute of Catalan Studies, an academic, scientific and cultural corporation whose objective is high scientific research and especially that of all elements of Catalan culture.
CEC was founded in 1876 following the steps of the Catalan Renaissance and was born as a scientific-sport entity that have seven mountain refuges and carries out a wide variety of activities at its headquarters, that are located in the Roman Temple of Augustus.
From Carrer Tallers where there were some of the most important factories in the city to Casa de la Misericordia, Casa de la Caridad, Plaça dels Angels and MACBA, Carrer Joaquim Costa, Plaça del Padró, Carrer de la Wax, until you reach the Hospital de la Santa Creu to visit one of the unique places in the city: The Royal Academy of Medicine.