Barcelona’s Baby Drop-off – Wooden Turntable

The wooden turntable was a common feature of convents in Barcelona. It would act as a portal for churches to receive donations, with the identity of the doner remaining anonymous. Although people would drop off food, money and clothing, it became common practice for unwanted babies to be passed through. Hundreds were dropped off, even up until as recently as 1935. Despite its dark history, it has real cultural significance and symbolises the important role convents played during this time period.

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