Plaça Sant Felip Neri

Hidden in the heart of the Gothic Quarter, this beautiful plaça is steeped in history, tragedy and controversy.

Named after an Italian Jesuit preacher who was made a saint, Plaça Sant Felip Neri was built on the grounds of a medieval cemetery, the ancient cemetery of Montjuïc del Bisbe. The baroque church on its premises was built in 1752.

Antoni Gaudí, the famous Catalan architect, was hit by a tram at the cross of Gran Via and Carrer de Bailénon on his way to Sant Felip Neri church in 1926. Due to his lack of identity documents and shabby clothing he was taken to a pauper’s hospital, where he later died.

The pockmarked church façade records the damage of a bombing raid that took place during the Spanish Civil War on the 30th of January 1938, killing  42 people, mostly children. It is also said that summary executions took place here after the fall of Barcelona, leaving bullet holes in the wall of the church.

Scenes from the music video of  My Immortal by Evanescence and from the movies Perfume: The Story of a Murderer and Vicky Cristina Barcelona were filmed here. The character Nuria Montfort lived here in Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s popular novel The Shadow of the Wind.

6 thoughts on “Plaça Sant Felip Neri

  1. Thanks for the comments. This was my first black and white photo. I think the story of Plaça Sant Felip Neri makes a good starting point to learn about the Spanish Civil War and what went on in Barcelona during that time.

  2. I wandered through this Placa when I was in Barcelona and was fortunate enough to encounter a street musician playing there. He was quite good and the Placa has lovely acoustics.

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