Placa Sant Felip Neri

Placa Sant Felip Neri, Barcelona

Placa Sant Felip Neri
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Historic Walking Areas • Religious Sites
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Neighborhood: Barrio Gòtico (Barri Gòtic)
With its iconic, old-Europe streets and alleys, this picturesque neighborhood is the very heart of Barcelona. It blends historic artifacts from its days under Roman dominion up through the Spanish Civil War with a vibrant modern-day culture of artisan shops and authentic culinary experiences. Avid explorers will be thrilled to discover quaint terraces and plazas brought to life by the many small bars and local musicians lasting late into the night. Fashionistas will be drawn to Portal de L’Angel, which is lined with well-known brand names and smaller boutique stands.
How to get there
  • Jaume I • 4 min walk
  • Liceu • 5 min walk
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Marco M
Gothenburg, Sweden344 contributions
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Very unusual square, impressive somehow, recommended to pass by or even stay for a drink. Very high walls on the sides and a tall tree.
Written August 5, 2022
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ginsengNewYork
new york1,168 contributions
During the Spanish Civil War, on January 30th,1938, Franco's allies ( in this case Mussolini) carried intensive and repetitive aerial bombings that destroyed most of this square and killed dozens of children ! The walls of St Filip Neri have not been restaured in order to bear testimony, and still carry the scars of the heavy bombardments.
Written January 7, 2022
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CPaM68
Texas632 contributions
This was a stop on Rick Steves walking tour of the Gothic Quarter. The name of the square comes from the baroque church (Esglesia de Sant Felip Neri in Catalan), which during the Spanish Civil War was used as a home for orphaned and evacuated children. In January of 1938, a bomb was dropped by General Franco’s air force which exploded directly in front of the church killing numerous people, including 30 children. While people were trying to rescue and treat survivors, a second bomb was dropped in the square. In total, 42 people were killed and many others injured. You can still see the scarred and pitted walls of the church and there is a plaque that commemorates the tragic event. The square, which also marks the entrance to Barcelona's Jewish Quarter, has reportedly been a film location for several movies.
Written October 13, 2021
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journeymaid48
Fairport, NY1,006 contributions
This is an interesting square in the city. It was bombed during the Spanish Civil War and rebuilt. It was this church that Gaudi was going to when he was hit by the tram which eventually killed him in March 1926.
Written August 9, 2021
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KiwiKerry53
Wellington, New Zealand4,580 contributions
We visited here on a walking tour of the Gothic Quarter. A romantic and quaint square with a sad tale to tell. Once it was stories of firing squads but the hidden truth was that 153 people were killed here on 30 January 1938 in a bomb attack, most of them orphans.
The square is also home to a church that the incredible Anton Guadi visited daily. He was on his way here when he was hit by a tram and subsequently died from his injuries.
Written April 1, 2020
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jbwhitehouse
Dallas, TX1,712 contributions
Plaza de Sant Felip Neri near L’esplender del barrow catala shows the damage to the walls from the Italian bombing in their civil war. The bombing was on the church filled with orphans—30 died immediately and another 12 later on. Antoni Gaudi came to this church daily and was hit by a tram June 7, 1926 on his way to his daily confession. People did not recognize him and thought he was a beggar more or less leaving him to die as a pauper would. He died two days later at 73 years old.
Written November 25, 2019
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CapnGravy
San Francisco, CA3 contributions
Small and unassuming, this placa is easy to miss, but it bears a moment of quiet contemplation. A terrible tragedy occurred here and the signage tastefully directs your attention to the historical features of the placa. The single cafe has tables and an attentive staff to serve drinks and tapas for a quiet rest in the heart of the Gothic quarter, away from the hustle and bustle.
Written October 29, 2019
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Tigeriffic69
Leyland, UK1,184 contributions
I was on a walking tour, when we went here. It is awful what has happened here in the past. It was nice to see lots of children playing in this area again. When I initially went here it was busy, but I went here again later on in the day on my own, to read more about its history. It was quiet when I went on my own.
Written October 29, 2019
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ANParish
Busan, South Korea848 contributions
We stumbled upon this quiet little square on our way to somewhere else. We didn't know exactly where we were at first, but then we saw the pockmarks on the walls and realized we had read about this site. During the Spanish Civil War, Franco's forces hit this area with aerial bombs - first the church, and then, as people were busy carrying out survivors, the square in front of it. Most of the 42 dead were children. It's not a busy place, so it's easy to look at the scarred buildings and reflect on how humanity can chew itself up at times.
Written September 24, 2019
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Janette K
Perth, UK13 contributions
We found this little oasis of quiet and sat having an ice cream and admiring the buildings for a while.
Written September 8, 2019
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