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Sant Agustí

This unfinished church is one of Barcelona's most unusual structures, with jagged stone sections projecting down the left side, and the upper part of the front entrance on Plaça Sant Agustí waiting to be covered with a facade. The church has had an unhappy history. Originally part of an Augustinian monastery, it was first built between 1349 and 1700, later abandoned, rebuilt only to be destroyed in 1714 during the Wars of the Spanish Succession, rebuilt again, burned in the anti-religious riots of 1825, when the cloisters were demolished, rthen looted and torched again in the closing days of the Civil War. Sant Agustí comes alive on May 22, feast day of Santa Rita, patron saint of "los imposibles"—that is, lost causes. Unhappily married women, unrequited lovers, and all-but-hopeless sufferers of every sort form long lines through the square and down Carrer Hospital. Each carries a rose that will be blessed at the chapel of Santa Rita on the right side of the altar.

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