It remains today as a prime example of the passive defense organized in Barcelona during the Spanish Civil War.
This air-raid shelter in Barcelona’s Poble Sec district is one of the most potent symbolic physical remnants of the Spanish Civil War. The impactful symbolism of its remains, its immense historical relevance, and its inescapable indication of the effect of war on everyday life in the city makes it one of Barcelona’s more exceptional examples of the passive defense organized in the city during the air raids ordered by Franco’s army.
The site consists of 200 subterranean tunnels measuring 2’10 meters high, and between 1.5–2 meters wide, with 3 exits. It was excavated thanks to the efforts of the neighborhood residents to who were involved in its original construction.
Built to protect the civilian population from vicious attacks, Refugi 307 now serves as a historical site open to the public as a reminder of the cruelty and horrible consequence of war.
Interesting Historic Tour
This was a very interesting and informative tour. There are over 1,000 bomb shelters in Barcelona dating back to the Spanish Civil War in the 1930's. This hidden history was reveled quite recently. It is very important to see and hear the stories of the people who built these shelters. The Historian was VERY good.
Travelled with my 12 year old son. Went on the English tour, which was restricted to a small number. The lady taking the tour was clearly passionate about this part of history, and had interviewed people that had originally used the shelter, which added to the history & atmosphere of the place. Great tour & in our top 2 of the places to visit in Barcelona- but you need to book well in advance!