Església de Sants Just i Pastor

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Església de Sants Just i Pastor information

Barcelona , Spain
Address
Street Plaça de Sant Just 5
Telephone
+34 93 301 74 33
Getting there
metro Liceu or Jaume I
More information
www.basilicasantjust.cat
Opening hours
11am-2pm & 5-8pm Mon-Sat, 10am-1pm Sun
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Lonely Planet review

This somewhat neglected, single-nave church, with chapels on either side of the buttressing, was built in 1342 in Catalan Gothic style on what is reputedly the site of the oldest parish church in Barcelona. Inside, you can admire some fine stained-glass windows. In front of it, in a pretty little square that was used as a set (a smelly Parisian marketplace) in 2006 for Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, is what is claimed to be the city’s oldest Gothic fountain.

On the morning of 11 September 1924, Antoni Gaudí was arrested as he attempted to enter the church from this square to attend Mass. In those days of the dictatorship of General Primo de Rivera, it took little to ruffle official feathers, and Gaudí’s refusal to speak Spanish to the overbearing Guardia Civil officers who had stopped him earned him the better part of a day in the cells until a friend came to bail him out.