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El Barri Gotic - Gothic Neighbourhood
One of the coolest squares in the Old town (Gothic Neighbourhood) of Barcelona, and maybe the quiet’s place in town, is the Plaza (Plaça) Sant Felip Neri. This hidden square that you can only access through two narrow, winding and sometimes not very clean streets is build over what was an old medieval cemetery (Montjuïc del Bisbe cemetery). On one of the sides The Baroque Church that gives the name to the square was build in between 1748 and 1752 and on the others different medieval houses moved there at the beginning of last century due to the big transformation that meant the opening of Via Layetana (a direct connection between L’Eixample and the old Port) ; in the centre there is an octagonal fountain and some big old trees.
The rumour of the water magnifies the peacefulness of the place that has not always been. In 1938 during the Spanish Civil War Barcelona suffered several bomb attacks from Franco’s aviation an on January 30th of that year a big bomb exploded on the square and killed a big number of citizens that were trying to protect themselves in an antiaircraft refuge that collapsed. On the facade of the church there are still noticeable scars from the tragedy. The holes of the explosion are well visible and give an idea of the magnitude of the explosion.
Times have changed and recently a nice elegant Hotel has opened its doors on one of the buildings of the square and opened also a nice little bar with an open terrace to the square.