Walking in the city # Gothic Quarter 5 # Sant Felip Neri Square ›› One of the most poetic corners of the city. Past the Episcopal Palace on the right, via calle Montjuïc del Bisbe. > After the bombings suffered in the Gothic quarter during the Spanish Civil War, the space gained from the buildings demolished by the bombs was utilised to create a new environment. One of these was Sant Felip Neri Square, which was subsequently redesigned by the architect, Adolf Florensa. > The square is home to the Shoemakers’ Guild of Barcelona, which was built in 1585 and boasts a Renaissance façade. The Caldereros’ guild house is also found here (*Caldereros: Craftsmen who forged cooking pots and saucepans).
streets around the cathedral, following the scent of a plum seller, whom he traces to Sant Felip Neri square, where he murders her. …. The theft of the statues: in 1962, the fountain was crowned with a statuette of the saint, which was stolen within a year. It was later replaced by a sculpture of a student with a book under his arm, a work by the sculptor Josep Miret, which was also stolen. You will usually find the square full of playing children from Sant Felip Neri school, which is located in the same square and was founded in 1959 by Father Serafí Alemany Esteve.
> An octagonal, Gothic fountain dominates the square, designed by the architect Joaquim Ros de Ramis. > The Church of Sant Felip Neri: - It is one of the few Baroque-style churches in Barcelona. - It was built in 1721, on one floor and with side chapels. - The Baroque altar of San Felip Neri and the neoclassical San Raiumundo de Peñafort altar are of particular interest. - You can find two paintings by the painter Joan Llimona (1860-1926), the brother of the sculptor Josep Llimona.
Interesting Facts ... The old medieval cemetery used to be located in the square but was destroyed after a bombing during the Spanish Civil War. ….. On 30 January 1938, the Gothic quarter experienced the most devastating bombing of the entire Civil War. Several buildings were damaged by the dropping of bombs in the streets; Petrixol, Avinyo, de la Palla and Sant Felip Neri square, where one of those awful injustices that are caused by wars took place. In the Oratory of Sant Felip Neri Church, where twenty child war refugees were sheltered along with other locals in the basement of the sacristy, a bombshell was dropped on the building, killing all those inside. ….. If you stop in front of the church’s main door, you will see the marks from the bomb shrapnel on the walls. They were never restored in order to pay testament to what happened in this square. ….. For film-lovers: remember Jean-Jean-Baptiste Grenouille in the film “Perfume”? He’s roaming the
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