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Barcelona's Baby Drop-off

Curiosity Barcelona, Spain

A hole in the wall for Barcelona’s unwanted babies Barcelona's Baby Drop-off

Hiding inconspicuously in the heart of the rough El Raval district lies one of Barcelona's best-kept secrets: a small wooden inlet that was once attached to the House of Mercy; although it looks like ornamentation or a small shrine of sorts, the inlet was, in fact, a rotating wooden, turntable used to anonymously drop off donations for the church, including unwanted infants.

Initially founded in the late 16th century, the building at 17 Ramelleres became an orphanage in the 19th century. Like many other orphanages and convents at the time, a main feature of the building was its wooden turntable, which allowed the destitute to place their babies on it and anonymously spin them into the arms of a staff member inside the home.

Carrer de les Ramelleres, 7, 08001 Barcelona, Spain

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