Inside the Raval Quarter and between the street Tallers and the street Ramalleres, you will find this sad hole. This street is full of stories, a very peculiar one is the “La Casa de la Misericordia”.
This house was founded in 1583 to give shelter to orphaned and abandoned children. On the façade of the house you can still see the famous orphans wheel which
consists of a hole in the wall of the house where the women went to introduce their children by turning the winch and giving them to the sisters of the charity. Many of
these women were single mothers who came to leave their babies from anonymity, either because they could not keep them because they would have had them out of wedlock or were always
unwanted children. In addition to leaving the child, they could make a donation (if you observe well, you will see a small slot on your left).
In this way the child began a new life, generally renaming himself as the saint of the day he arrived at the convent and the surname Exposito, as the abandoned babies are known.
This system worked until 1931, and the torn dels orfes remains as a historical memory. In 2003, the Barcelona City Council restored the lathe and installed a small steel plate that identifies it as Petit Paisatge.