Església de Betlem

La Rambla & Barri Gòtic

Outside of Església de Betlem

©Esme Fox/Lonely Planet

On La Rambla with Carrer del Carme, this church was constructed in baroque style for the Jesuits in the late 17th and early 18th centuries to replace a 15h-century church destroyed by fire in 1671. Flames were a recurring theme for this site: the church was once considered the most splendid of Barcelona’s few baroque offerings, but anarchists torched it in 1936.