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Plaça Sant Felip Neri In the urban valley

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 Bailénon 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 bomb, 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.

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