MAP BCN 1714: Everyday life during the 1713-1714 siege
MAP BCN 1714: Everyday life during the 1713-1714 siege

Hospitals: Hospital of the Santa Creu (between Carrer del Carme and Carrer de l’Hospital) and the College of La Mercè [no longer standing]

Over the 39 days of the Bourbon siege in 1706, the Hospital of the Santa Creu received 1,300 wounded, a very similar number to those treated at the hospital in August and September 1714. During the 1713-1714 siege, the College of La Mercè was converted into a field hospital to care for the wounded, including Rafael Casanova.


Casa de la Lleona [no longer standing] (Carrer de la Lleona, perpendicular to Carrer Avinyó)

Gaming and “covert” prostitution took place in this house, which only the wealthy could enter. Triquets were sites reserved for games, both table (dice, cards, billiards, etc.) and ball games like pilota and argolla.

Brothels (Carrer de les Panses and Carrer Flassaders on the corner with Carrer de les Mosques)

Gargoyles of satyrs or feminine figures indicated the location of brothels to travellers or soldiers just passing through the city. The best-known is the gargoyle of a satyr under the third-floor balcony of a house in Carrer de les Panses.

Housing in La Ribera neighbourhood (Carrer del Consolat de Mar, number 35-41)

Two buildings that suffered both the Bourbon siege of 1713-1714 and the later transformation of the neighbourhood to make way for the Ciutadella fortress are still standing in this street. Both were altered in the 16th and 17th centuries, when balconies and upper stories were added.


House in Carrer dels Banys Nous [no longer standing]

This is where Rafael Casanova carried out his professional activities as a jurist. The building was demolished in 1716 in order to construct a residential building on the site.