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In the heart of the Barri Gòtic, Barcelona’s most romantic square keeps its ghosts. Antoni Gaudí, the famous Catalan architect, was run over by a tram at the cross of Gran Via and Carrer de Bailén on on his way here in 1928. Plaça Sant Felip Neri is built on the grounds of a medieval cemetery. The baroque church on its premises was built in 1752, and today serves to remind of a tragic history. During the Spanish Civil War the church was hit by a fascist bomb from dictator Francisco Franco’s air force, killing 20 children seeking shelter inside. Evidence of the explosion remains tattooed on the church’s facade. Today, the square is a peaceful place where locals and tourists stroll by, either concerned by what transpired here in the past, or not.

More information:

Sant Felip Neri fact file
http://www.oh-barcelona.com/en/blog/2009/culture/history-culture/civil-war-barcelona-3171

Video: © Barcelona Citylivetv
Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4SDR0pWrjC4


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