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Parroquia de Santa Anna, Barcelona

Parroquia de Santa Anna, Barcelona

Tucked away behind the busy shops of Santa Anna, the Parròquia de Santa Anna is an oasis of tranquility in the otherwise hectic metropolis where people come for a leisurely stroll, soaking up the scenery and, ultimately, seizing the moment of peace amid the urban hustle and bustle. Historical records say this temple was once part of an 11th-century convent located beyond the city walls.

A perfect marriage of Romanesque and Gothic styles, it is a marvelous example of period architecture in which 15th-century Gothic cloister and roof blend harmoniously with the Romanesque windows adorned with scenes from the Book of Genesis.

The church's exterior is quite sober, with the bell tower – high and spiky – being the most conspicuous element. The belfry has three bells whose strokes are quite pleasant to an ear. By the tower, within an enclosure, there is a very calm and peaceful yard, with benches for visitors to sit on and enjoy the peacefulness of the lieu.

Inside the church, visitors are free to walk around. All the gathered donations here are used to help the needy, therefore walls of the church are not draped in gold or any excessive decoration. The church welcomes the homeless, feeds them, gives them warmth, as well as access to barbers and computers in a bid to promote their inclusion and friendship.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Sat: 11am–7pm (Aug until 2pm)
Avoid weekends, the time for weddings and Masses

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Sight Name: Parroquia de Santa Anna
Sight Location: Barcelona, Spain
Sight Type: Religious
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