Les Corts remembers the past

Historical memory. An ideas contest for the memorial project for the Francoist prison for women in Les Corts, a long-standing demand going back decades.

A competition has been announced to design the memorial for the former women’s prison in Les Corts, the aim being to recover the historical memory of this place of repression which over a thousand women spent time in between 1939 and 1955.

The memorial will consist of an urban project and a monument. The commemorative space will be located in the urban area delimited by the former prison, in Av. Diagonal, where the El Corte Inglés shopping centre now stands. The monument will be located at the north-eastern chamfer of C/ Joan Güell and C/ Europa.

The competition consists of two stages, one to design a basic proposal, and the other, later on, to execute the project. During the first stage, five teams are to be shortlisted, which should be made up of at least one architect or urban planner and a professional from the sphere or sculpture or fine arts.

Long-standing demand

The recovery of the historical memory of the former Les Corts prison has long been called for by ex-inmates and their families, as well as city entities, academics and residents. At present there is only a plaque recalling there was a prison there from 1939 to 1955.

Many of the women who served time there were imprisoned for political reasons. Eleven of them were executed by firing squad in the Camp de la Bota area. In 1955, the prison was closed down and demolished. The 263 prisoners and 19 children there at the time were moved to the Model prison, which up until that point only had male inmates.

In 2014, a provisional memorial space was built, which will be replaced by the definitive project.


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