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.