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Plaça de Sant Felip Neri, Barcelona

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Tucked into a corner of the Gothic Quarter, Plaça de Sant Felip Neri offers a more quiet, contemplative experience than a typical Spanish plaza. A bomb etched still-visible wounds into the church facade in January 1938, during the Spanish Civil War. The bomb claimed 42 lives, mostly children. Architect Adolf Florensa took charge of the reconstruction of the site. Some scenes of the Woody Allen film “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” were shot here. To visit Plaça de Sant Felip Neri on your holiday in Barcelona, and find out what else Barcelona has to offer, use our Barcelona vacation trip planner.
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  • One of my favorite places in the city, when it's empty it's just magical. The best idea is just to get lost in the night and walk around the Gothic Quarter.  more »
  • Nice beautiful small square near Cathedral with fountain. You can still see the bomb traces from the Civil War when Italian warships attacked the city. The acoustic is great for the troubadours which ...  more »
  • take 5 minutes and enjoy the view, raise your head, take a coffee terrace, c is a nice place with sometimes markets. It is a pity however d meet so many people who beg or try to sell you roses or whatever...
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  • They say it's most haunted place in Barcelona... I was there by day and I heard that they have a guy that dresses as ghost and scares people through windows at night :)
  • Beautiful old plaza in the middle of a maze of narrow streets.
  • Nice and charming plaça with lots of history. Not much to do in here otherwise.
  • Softening her voice as we approach this beautiful square somewhere in the Gothic Quarter, my guide gently told us the most tragic story of this square. At the height of the Spanish Civil War, which isn't that long ago, a bomb was dropped on this square, which happens to be the Church of Sant Felip Neri, killing those who were hiding here, almost all of whom were children. Today, the walls still scares of the blast. I felt an eerie sense of sadness as I touched the walls here and felt it's brokenness. There's still a school here and when the sound of children echoes through the walls, it might make you take pause and ponder the cost of war and hatred.
  • this is in the movie Vicky Christina Barcelona! go here!!! also, the damage to the church wall is not from firing squads, its from air dropped bombs