The day we arrived in Barcelona we were shattered, but determined to hit the streets after a bit of a snooze. Wanting to get out of the Ramblas as soon as possible, seeing a sign for the cathedral seemed a good idea. The Catedral de la Santa Creu i Santa Eulàlia as it’s called in Catalan, was on the must see list.
We soon became distracted by the sights and sounds of the city, but knew we must be heading in the right direction, and once cooled by an ice cream we soon found it.
But it had just closed, so we had to wait half an hour, which we spent people watching on the steps.
Eventually we were allowed in, to admire the Gothic vaults built between the 13th and 15th centuries.
Remembering to look in all directions.
The Cathedral, which is the seat of the bishop of Barcelona, is known for its rather unusual cloisters and I have to confess that was what particularly drew me. There’s an odd looking fountain, but in the background . . .
Yes, geese, thirteen of them, representing the age of Santa Eulalia when she was martyred in Roman times.
Despite the crowds, the cloister was an extraordinary peaceful place, and it warranted more time than our tiredness would allow. Maybe next time.
In the absence of any food, I think she would have been happy to chat.
I’m leaving you with this beautiful Madonna and Child, there was something about her that touched me, I hope you can see it too.
11 thoughts on “Santa Eulalia’s Geese”
I am always drawn to cloisters, Gilly, and these look unusual….
Thank you for this enchanting tour. Love the geese. I agree there is a special aura about that madonna. She is one of the most graceful ones I have seen.
Lovely photos, Gilly. The geese look quite at home there, but I wouldn’t like to be the one cleaning up after them. 🙂
What lovely photos and very content looking geese.
The atmosphere comes through…thank you.
Thank you for taking me along on your wonderful tour of Santa Eulalias. The reason for the geese is interesting. I enjoyed the Madonna and Child photo too. It’s beautiful and well captured, Gilly.
It must have been a very inspiring day. I’m so pleased you shared.
A beautiful place to visit .. Your photos have captured it. Looks like you have the geese’s utmost attention ..
What a fabulous tour, Gilly! We visited these geese. Great stories behind. 🙂
Ow Wow! Beauty to behold inside and out. An ex-gf of mine is now in Spain. I have to show this to her and see if she’s been.
Love Barcelona. Hope you got to the Guadi park….! Great pics.
I remember it well, Gilly. I’d read about the geese but forgot all about them till I got in there (I think I arrived when it was closed too 🙂 ). You got up awfully close. 🙂