Hospital of Santa Cruz

The construction of the hospital is due to the will of cardinal Pedro González de Mendoza, in accordance with the spirit of the age. The Catholic Monarchs founded the hospital in Santiago de Compostela.

Medieval hospitals were unhealthy shared halls of cramped dimensions, used to look after needy people passing through with no shelter as well as for the collection of abandoned children. New ideas of hygiene, including the importance of cleanliness, sun and well-ventilated rooms arrived from Italy. The new addition was a Greek cross base and four square patios with galleries.

The structure of the hospital is not fully Renaissance in style, only having two patios and the entrance that is not located in the centre of the facade is a medieval feature.

Also, the Plateresque decoration is too dense, with windows that almost jut out over the entrance, which shows knowledge of elements but not their correct layout. The building changed the surroundings, a wide esplanade being opened in front of the building. The initial architects were Antón and Enrique Egas, succeeded by Alonso de Covarrubias.

The hallway at the entrance is covered by gothic vaults, while the space between the supporting walls in the main body show fine coffered ceilings with wooden caissons. The transept opens onto the two floors and behind it is the chapel. The roof of the upper floor has loops and straps.

The large Renaissance stairs on the patio are outstanding. These connect the ground floor to the first floor. It is made up of three flights, covered with a coffered ceiling and full of complex decoration, showing grotesque figures and heraldry, among other things.

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