The Plaça Sant Felip Neri is perhaps one of the most poetic places you can find in Barcelona, possibly also because it has starred in several movies, for instance in “The Perfume” the main character finds in this square his first unforgettable scent: that of a young lady. It’s located in the heart of the Jewish Quarter inside of the Gothic Quarter.
The square gets its name from the church that presides it and this church is one of the few Baroque buildings that can be found in
Barcelona. It was built in 1721 and was part of the convent of the “Felipones”.
The square Sant Felip Neri has always been surrounded by a halo of mystery, with many urban legends about spirits. Part of the mystery comes from the Spanish Civil War in which it was the scene of one of the most intense bombardments and severely damaged the church, leaving only the facade and part of the structure. During this bombing 42 died, many of them schoolchildren from the school right next to the church. Since then, one cannot help but feel a certain sadness or melancholy when visiting this place. Even without even knowing this cruel history it comes to you.
The facade of the church, not only shows the remains of the bombing, but also the intense shootings are clearly visible, the remainder of the Spanish civil war.
Sad, isn’t it?