Les Corts

Les Corts Women’s Prison (1936 – 1955)   Built during the eighteenth century by the Durán family, Les Corts was originally a large family home with significant grounds. It is situated in the same place as the Corte Ingles building, on Avenida Diagonal.   In 1886 the building changed hands. Can Durán was then used…

“All of Spain was a prison”: Female prisons under Franco

During the Civil War (1936-1939) and the Francoist dictatorship (1939-1975), prisons across Spain housed thousands of women for (suspected) political dissent. Franco’s prisons were typically single-sex institutions. Although some were equipped with facilities such as individual cells, bathrooms and showers, and even, in the case of Ventas, a library, these facilities were infrequently usable. Rather,…