Originally posted by Carloz on June, 2007 at http://myspainblog.wordpress.com/
Like all ancient cities, Barcelona has a colorful, exciting, and gory past. For example, have you ever wondered where the victims of the inquisition, the “autos de fe” and even the more run-of-the-mill death penalties took their last breaths during the times executions were public events in Spain? Well, the next time you’re shopping in La Boqueria public market or enjoying an evening out in El Born or taking a stroll through Ciutadella Park, stop to think that a little more than a hundred years ago you might have run into a hanging, a garroting or a firing squad in the same location.
Look closer at the map and you can find other locations that will send a chill down your spine, according to Domènech:
Cross-check with a modern street map of Barcelona to find Llibreteria Street and Bòria Street
Or what about the Milà i Fontanals Institute located at number 15 Egipcíaque Street? http://www.imf.csic.es/plano.htm Perhaps it is symbolic that where this institution of research and learning dedicated to the humanities now stands was where Barcelona saw its last public execution, by garrote, on June 15, 1897.