The tiny church of Sant Felip Neri is tucked away in a hidden corner of the Gothic Quarter: a little square with a romantic atmosphere which bears the same name. The baroque yet austere façade bears the scars of bombing. The restoration and cleaning of the building sought to preserve the painful memory of the Spanish Civil War.
The church of Sant Felip Neri was built as an annex to the convent of the "felipons", the followers of the saint, who settled on this site in 1673. The baroque church was built a few years later, in around 1750, and was one of the few examples of this style in Barcelona. The building has a single cross-vaulted nave and rectangular apse, and features side chapels with neoclassical altars and paintings by Joan Llimona. The main façade has simple lines and the doorway is crowned by a semi-circular form surmounted by the figure of the Saint. However, it is the pock-marked walls that attract our attention the most. These wounds etched into the stone of Sant Felip Neri are a reminder of the aerial bombardment that took place in January 1938 at the height of the Civil War, ending the lives of 42 people, many of them children, who had taken shelter in the basement of the convent. The finger of fate dictated that a bomb would fall right on top of the shelter.
This painful memory contrasts today with the peace and quiet of a shady spot with its trees and a cooling fountain in the centre. The buildings in the square once housed the city’s guilds of coppersmiths and shoemakers.
Phone: 933 173 116
How to get there: Metro: L3 stop Liceu.| Bus: 14, 59 and 91.
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- Barcino, by Joan Brossa
- Casa Martí - "Els 4 gats"
- Columns of the Temple of Augustus
- Basilica of Santa Maria del Pi
- Church of Sant Felip Neri
- Church of Sants Just i Pastor
- Monument to the heroes of 1809
- Roman wall and aqueducts (Casa de l'Ardiaca)
- Wall and gate of the Roman city of Barcino - Friezes around the front of the Col·legi d'Arquitectes (Plaça Nova)
- Wall and defence towers of the Roman city of Barcino (Plaça Ramon Berenguer)
- Roman necropolis (Plaça Villa de Madrid)
- MUHBA - Museu d'Història de Barcelona - El Call
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- Museu de la Catedral
- Museu del Calçat
- Museu d'idees i invents de Barcelona (miba)
- Museu Diocesà
- Museu Frederic Marès
- Palau de la Generalitat
- Plaça del Rei
- Plaça Reial
- Plaça Sant Felip Neri
- Plaça Sant Jaume
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