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During the Spanish Civil War, the Church of Sant Pacià was converted into a hospital and soup kitchen.

The Church of Sant Pacià was built in 1895, the work of the architect Joan Torras i Guardiola. Antoni Gaudí, then a young architect of 27 years of age, designed the floor mosaic and the interior decoration of the church. During the Setmana Tràgica (Tragic Week, 1909), it was set alight, but not during the Spanish Civil War thanks to the action of residents that protected it, since the priest was held in high esteem in the community.

Like other religious sites in the city, during the armed conflict, it served a different public use other than a place of worship. Sant Pacià was turned into a hospital and also a soup kitchen, christened the “Menjadors Durruti”, where free meals were served daily to the public to cope with the shortages of the war period. The rectory was used as a private house and, at the end of the conflict, the Church recovered the entire site.

Address: 27-33, Carrer de les Monges || Coordinates: (LAT, LONG): 41.431471040, 2.187645475

  • Periods:
  • Second Republic
  • Civil War
  • Francoism
  • Transition