The Casa de les sabatilles is over 100 years old, and nowadays is managed by Joan Iglesias. From here you can see where the Castell Vell (old castle) was on your back, and in this block in front of you is where the prison was from the ending of the 12th century. With up and downs, the public prison of Barcelona was here until 1839, and afterwards it was moved to carrer Reina Amàlia. This is why this street was named “Bajada de la prisión” (slope of the prison) until 1958. Between the Castell Vell and the prison there is a vault that connected the two sites. Several chronicles talk about the unhealthy conditions of the prison. A copy of a book titled “Manual del viajero en Barcelona” (“Barcelona traveller’s guide) that was published in 1840 and is held in the Biblioteca de Catalunya, explains the move “until this day the prison was in the Bajada de la Carcel, the most central point of the city. Humanity, hygiene and adornment required the move to a better placement”.
La Casa de les Sabatilles, with an age prior to the 1950 documentary, is one particular shop in Barcelona, specializing exclusively in the sale of shoes for every shoe artisan whose origin is, by 90%, manufacturing exclusively national.
Regentada since 1984 by Family Church, 3rd generation sells footwear. the store has opened more than 100 years in the same place, but the owners have changed. From the year 2012 offers customers the opportunity to receive at home and around the world, regardless of their models.
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