This is the church in Placa Sant Felip Neri, Barcelona. You can see the pockmarks in the walls of the church, which were caused by a bomb exploding during the Spanish Civil War in 1938. The bomb killed 42 people, most of whom were children from the nearby nursery. Erroneously said to be bullet holes from executions during the Spanish Civil War, the place is no less eerie when one learns the truth of what really happened here.
For me, visiting this square was one of the most interesting and compelling parts of Barcelona. It is steeped in history and there is a pervading sense of peace, silence and melancholy. I was also fascinated to learn that during the Medieval period, a Jewish cemetery stood on this site.
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Silvio1953 (142213) 2014-04-16 6:31
Ciao Lisa, gran bel bianco e nero con splendido dettaglio sull'antica facciata deturpata dalla barbarie umana, ottima nitidezza, brava, un abbraccio Silvio
photoray (13981) 2014-04-16 7:23
Fine monochrome tribute to the tragedy of the innocents, victims of war. The Church walls are obviously thick and strong and the doors are expertly carved. A refuge inside from the outside hate.
Thanks for sharing,
macjake (67534) 2014-04-16 8:49
just getting home from a nightshift at the hospital, going to bed like a vampire soon.
Another interesting subject to add to your personal gallery.
i can honestly say i've never heard of this place.
Terrible history and events must have taken place here, is that why you also presented the photo in monochrome? Kind of suits the mood.
Take the history away and you have yourself a fine piece of architecture, but the history should never be forgotten here.
fine TE post.
dkmurphys (58104) 2014-04-16 9:25
Your b&w choice makes the perfect atmosphere to illustrate the title. Good catch!
SnapRJW (31629) 2014-04-16 9:44
Hi Lisa - This is quite an unexpected side of Barcelona and interesting to see something other than the iconic modern architecture. Your note brings the shot to life and I think the B&W is perfect to present the visual ravages of war. Sad
Hope all is well
Romano46 (18472) 2014-04-16 10:11
Ciao cara Lisa
come ho visto questo bianco e nero in miniatura, prima ancora di leggere il nome dell'autore mi sono sono detto che doveva essere uno bravo vista la bella successione di grigi che rendono particolarmente bello il soggetto.
Ed infatti leggendo il tuo nome è apparso chiaro che non poteva che essere il risultato della tua bravura, prima nel catturare un simile soggetto e poi nella successiva postproduzione.
williewhistler (16394) 2014-04-16 13:12
I do like the treatment that you have given this powerful image,it enhances the melancholic nature of the subject perfectly for me.
The damage to the building is immediately apparent if unexplained until reading your interesting and informative note.
A mono image that appeals a greatly.
Kindest regards Les.
carlo62 (47549) 2014-04-16 15:47
è fantastico il modo con cui sei riuscita a trasmettere le sensazioni che si possono sentire dal racconto di ciò che è accaduto.
Il tuo b&w unito alla nota, creano un senso di disagio e di malessere.
jjcordier (79297) 2014-04-16 22:31
Un impressionnant témoignage de cette affreuse guerre civile. Le noir et blanc dramatise encore plus l'effet.
timecapturer (49288) 2014-04-17 5:04
a fascinating study this made all the more powerful and poignant by presenting it in monochrome. The textures and tones seem to make the sad history of this façade all the more palpable. Creative, thought-provoking and yet beautiful imagery! Well done!
Glad to hear your Mama is out of hozzy! B X
Sergiom (78697) 2014-04-17 5:45
The bomb create a lot of damage to the walls. Probably that the door had to be replaced.It was a very bad period for spain and I like to read about it in history books.
The use of the black and white is giving a documentary look to the picture.
lousat (90780) 2014-04-17 16:32
Ciao Lisa,assolutamente stupendo questo bianco e nero con una luce magica gestita alla grande,mi sono perso questo spettacolo da Barcellona ed è una buona ragione per tornarci,grande scatto!!! Buona giornata e complimenti,Luciano
marabu61 (10917) 2014-04-18 2:40
A very interesting detail of the other side of Paradise here with these grim reminders of the troubled past in Spain. We usually only see the chocolate side of this city and therefore I like your contribution here even more. The strongly mutilated facade of the church speak of the great power of destruction that bomb had and the black and white approach strongly enhances the story of the place.
COSTANTINO (64792) 2014-04-18 4:48
Hello my dear friend
artistic shot in sepia describing the facade
of this interesting church in Barcelona
in which a bomb killed 42 people
during Spanish Civil war in 1938
your notes are really useful and
I understand that terrible things
must happen there
mesutilgim (95074) 2014-04-18 5:13
Interesting b&w capture with marks of a sad period in the history of Spain !
TFS and have a nice weekend
ikeharel (70795) 2014-04-18 6:10
An alley that can't leave any person indifferent, Lisa.
The marks on the wall, and I remember those from our trip in 3/2000, shown here immaculately - must be kept for future generations to comprehand what was the real outcome fron the revolution.
This time I feel must praise the B&W choice, fit well to the surrounding theme.
Have a nice holiday-weekend,
sabermonajati (11217) 2014-04-18 6:50
very interesting frame you captured.note is useful.
Giustiniani (3632) 2014-04-18 7:03
une très belle porte avec un traitement en N&B approprié. Bien vu,
Bon weekend de Pâques.
Subhogen (4067) 2014-04-18 21:17
B&W is such a perfect choice to present the dark history of this place. I am very sad to know about the death of so many victims specially when you mention that most of them were children. Great detailing on the mutilated wall. A photo with a very sombre mood where even the door has soulful eyes. Excellent shot and nicely presented with a well written note. Thanks for sharing.
Noel_Byrne (31008) 2014-04-19 9:04
A beautifully spooky place, even the doors look like coffins. I love these knds of place, so this is right up my street, and a beautiful choice to make this black and white too, so suited to both the place and the rather somber note. Sad to think of so many innocents dying here, and the bomb blast on the wall makes a real connection to today and those events of years ago. This looks like it could be a perfect entrance to a city of the underworld. Very cool, and thanks for the great note to understand it better.
fabbs99 (17165) 2014-04-22 23:49
Spectacular shot of the door of the church in monochrome.Excellent sharpness with excellent depth of field.Very well done.TFS.
fritzi007 (10599) 2014-05-04 14:05
Hallo dear Lisa,
schwarz-weis Foto mit sehr hoher Qualität, gratuliere!
jcpix (13916) 2014-05-04 14:14
I was already intrigued by the title alone, but reading of the history took it up a notch. Any loss of life is sad, but even more so when it comes to children. 'Eerie' would seem to be an appropriate sentiment to match the imagery. The silver lining to this however would be your photographic result, as it was interesting from first sight as I opened up your gallery.
A super choice for the color treatment, or lack thereof I suppose. lol Looks fantastic in this scheme, adding to the dramatic, war torn exterior. Awesome textures and element contained within a relatively minimal composition. Enjoy the new week. All the best mate.
Cheers from the top side,
adores (45243) 2014-05-21 16:30
A place so full of history. It's hard to imagine what really happened here along the centuries. I like this, the light, the textures, the contrast... Good black&white, we can feel history here!
Karolina999 (0) 2015-07-29 2:40
fine BW work, fine shot, good contrast and sharp, good effect.