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. Begun in 1728, it was abandoned 20 years later, burned in the anti-religious riots of 1825, when the cloisters were demolished, restored, then 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 stripe and spot 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.
Pl. Sant Agustí s/n, Barcelona, Catalonia, 08001, Spain