To the right as you look up at the rose window of the church of Santa Maria del Pi is the appropriately blackened facade of the seat of the 14th-century religious brotherhood charged with the preparation of the last spiritual rites, psychological comfort, and burial of criminals and prisoners condemned to death. In the famous Ramon Casas painting Garrote Vil (1894)—depicting the execution of the anarchist who bombed the Liceu Opera House (the painting can be seen in Barcelona's Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya)—the penitent monks dressed in long black cassocks and conical headgear are from this order, the Casa de la Congregació de la Puríssima Sang (House of the Congregation of the Purest Blood). The house was first built in 1342 and was renovated in 1613 and 1789.
Pl. del Pi, Barcelona, Catalonia, 08002, Spain