The Cloister Garden in Barcelona

Beside the Cathedral is incorporated a cloister garden. It has a lovely fountain and pond, and for the holidays, a large nativity.

A shepherd watching wise men come to visit the baby Jesus. I know...not the Biblical chronology, but it saves time.

A shepherd watching wise men come to visit the baby Jesus. I know…not the Biblical chronology, but it saves time.

A frog fountain in the lovely pond.

A frog fountain in the lovely pond.

Why the lovely pond? Because traditionally the cloister is home to 13 geese. This cathedral is dedicated to Saint Eulalia, a girl martyr who is reputed to have stood for her faith against the Romans, and was martyred at 13. One goose for each of her years. Here is one…

A picturesque little goose perched on the pond. A dozen more out of sight around the corner.

A picturesque little goose perched on the pond. A dozen more out of sight around the corner.

Theo descending to the resting place of the martyred girl, beneath the raised altar area.

Theo descending to the resting place of the martyred girl, beneath the raised altar area.

The garden is surrounded on most sides by little crypt alcoves. One had a most dramatic carving atop its stone sarcophagus-thingie, and I had to try and record it for myself, but I couldn’t get a good photo. For one, the expectation is that you will show respect for each crypt area and not treat it like a celebrity photo opportunity; and for another, they are all seriously gated off to protect the MASSIVE amounts of gold leaf in so many of them.

Christ retrieved from the cross, in the arms of Joseph of Arimethea, and mourned by weeping women, presumably one of which is his mother. I wish I could have studied it closer and longer!

Christ retrieved from the cross, in the arms of Joseph of Arimethea?, and mourned by weeping women, presumably one of which is his mother. I wish I could have studied it closer and longer!

Next I’ll take you up in the Cathedral’s elevator (which probably isn’t original, I’m sure).

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