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“Historical significance” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Placa Sant Felip Neri

Placa Sant Felip Neri
Paseo de Palau Episcopal, Barri Gotic, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
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Ranked #23 of 287 Attractions in Barcelona
Type: Religious Sites, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Cultural
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New York
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“Historical significance”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

I visited this square as part of a Gothic walking tour, otherwise would not have known about it. This is a small square with historical significance. If you are interested in these types of places take the time to stroll by. If not, you will not find there something esthetically appealing, you will not miss much. You decide.

As mentioned in another post, this is where Evanescence My Immortal video was shot, so if you are a fan you should put it on you list of places to see.

Visited March 2014
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boulder, co
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“As long as you are in the Gothic quarter do walk by”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

To correct another writer, Gaudi was NOT killed here.

Most of the buildings in the square were moved and rebuilt over time after the civil war. Yes, bombs destroyed some of the facade and there were civilians, mostly children killed there during the Italian bombing of the city.

Walk through the quarter and see the other churches and cathedral as well as experiencing the feel of this old medieval part of Barcelona.

Visited January 2014
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“Hard to find, not much to see”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

This dark little plaza is hidden away near Barcelona Cathedral. We visited in winter and besides a liberal coating of pigeon poo there wasn't much to see. The fountain wasn't running and the church was shut.
There is clear damage on the church wall from a civil war bomb, and Gaudi was apparently killed on his way to this church, so it has a morbid history. Otherwise I'm not clear on why this has received such high reviews.

Visited January 2014
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“A Must Visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

The little Plaça Sant Felip Neri is a really nice spot to spend some minutes with the great architecture of the city but it is also important for an other reason. It is a place of memory. During the Spanish Civil War, Italian warplanes under the orders of Francisco Franco bombed the city. The kids and teachers of the school in the square run for safety in the adjoining church. Unfortunately the bombs didn't spare the church and about 40 people, mostly kids, died in it. If you look more closely, you will find the marks of the event on the walls. Sitting on the fountain, thinking about the history and about what the city and its people have been through in order to become the present cosmopolitan capital of Catalunya.

Notes of color:
In the movie "Vicky Cristina Barcelona", some of the "coffee at the bar" scenes were taken in the bar/restaurant in the square.

The video "My Immortal" by popular band Evanescence was taken here.

Visited November 2013
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“Almost a mystic place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2013

Go there at night. It's not far from the Catedral de la Santa Creu y Santa Eulalia. Very small and quiet square with a fountain and a sad history that left its marks on the façade of the buildings. There's a strange feeling about this place, you have to experience it to understand it. I go back for 5 minutes everytime I'm in the city, yet I don't remember ever going inside the church. The place itself has this appeal.

Visited December 2013
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