Convent for the needy
A man known as Father Palau lived in this area towards the end of the 19th century. He was Francesc Palau i Quer, a friar who professed charity among the sick and the deprived people, and who went on to establish the Discalced Carmelites order. This father, who showed a special interest in exorcism, assembled the faithful penitents at the Convent of Santa Creu de Vallarca, or The Penitents Convent, where worshippers and sick people came in search of spiritual succour.
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|Places of interest
LA CREUETA DEL COLL PARK
passeig de la Mare de Déu del Coll, 77
An old quarry converted into a park in 1987 that is located very near the metro. It includes an artificial lake, which becomes the municipal pool in summertime and the Eduardo Chillida’s sculpture, l’Elogi de l’aigua (The praise of water) which is suspended on top of the lake despite its weight of more than 50 tons.
CONVENT DELS PENITENTS
carrer de Ticià, 21
A religious float of the Stations of the Cross is the only thing left from the old convent and it is now well kept within the property of a clinic ran by the Discalced Carmelites order. Close to it, at number 16 of the same street you will find a plaque dedicated to Rubén Darío commemorating his stay there.
LA MARE DE DÉU DEL COLL CHURCH
carrer del Santuari, 30
Phone 932 138 229
This Romanesque church is located on the border of the park of La Creueta del Coll and it dates back to the 11th century. It can only be visited when liturgical events are celebrated.
FINCA SANSALVADOR (SMALLHOLDING)
passeig de la mare de Déu del Coll, 79
This Modernist building which was designed by Josep Maria Pujol in 1909 accomodates an exhibition of the architect’s works. It is also the venue for the Història de Gràcia Workshop and you can have a walk and relax in its gardens.
CENTRE CÍVIC DEL CARMEL
carrer del Santuari, 27
Phone 932 563 333
It is one of the civic centres surrounded the most by parks: that one of La Creueta del Coll, of Carmel and the Güell park. This centre aims at getting citizens and district’s entities and groups to get involved in social and cultural events in the neighbourhood, thus contributing to the cultural and caring development of Carmel district.