Church of Saint Felip Neri

Església de Sant Felip Neri

This untypical for the Gothic Quarter Baroque church of the 18th century is tucked away in the hidden corner behind the Bishop’s Palace. A little square with a romantic atmosphere which bears the same name is in the distance from the major tourist routes and thus has the quiet and peaceful atmosphere.

The church is devoted to Saint Philip Neri (1515-1595) who was born in Florence and known as the Apostle of Rome, the true and loyal Catholic preacher. The main façade has simple lines and the doorway is crowned by a semi-circular form surmounted by the figure of the Saint. However the inside adornment is rather rich. This is one of the churches that were frequently visited by Antonio Gaudi. While walking to habitual prayer and confession to Saint Felip Neri church Gaudi was struck by a passing tram. According to one version during the Spanish Civil War the bomb exploded near the church, while according to another version it was the execution spot for a large number of Republicans. The wounds etched into the stone of Saint Felip Neri and still remind about the tragedy.

At the square there is also the Shoes Museum (Museu del Calçat) which displays exposition from the Roman times to the 18th and 19th centuries.

Address: Plaça de Sant Felip Neri, 5
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8 am – 9 pm, Sat-Sun, holidays 10 am – 2 pm, museum: Tue-Sun 11 am – 2 pm, Mon closed
How to reach: metro Jaume I, Liceu
Coordinates: 41.38356, 2.17488