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The hidden secret of Barcelona Cathedral

600_6615-e_wIn my last post on Barcelona Cathedral I wrote about a hidden secret inside the building.

Once, the cathedral was part of a monastery. Thus it has a cloister. The cloister was used by the monks for their religious exercises. It looks a bit like ancient roman houses were build: a roofed part of a house around an open atrium. Inside the atrium, you can find here a fenced garden with a pool and 13 geese. These geese are the symbol of St. Eulalia and are supposed to guard the cathedral and the monastery for centuries. You know, geese are better watchdogs than dogs, because they are unbribable and very brave to attack intruders.

To come here is easy, but a little bit tricky. On the right side of the cathedral you can find a small, dark door brining you to the cloister. Only a small sigh on the wall will lead you that way.

Here you can also find the gift shop, several old tombs and in one of the corners you can find another small chapel.

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in the backyards

600_5779-sc_wUsually backyards are closed for the public. But some public houses also have public backyards. In this case, we visited a former hospital, now a public library, that used to be part of a monastery. The library’s main entrance is right in this alleyway.

Because of its history being a monastery, you can find a large backyard equipped with a fountain and a surrounding cloister.

I was very surprised of the trees full of fruits: oranges! I’ve never seen oranges in a tree before. Although I knew, that oranges need 14 months to get ripe, I was very surprised to find so much fruits in the trees. On the other hand, I won’t expect to see orange trees in the public as street plants or in public parks.

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Abbaye de Jumièges

This was my first time standing in a cathedral, without a roof. It’s an interesting experience, when standing in an old cathedral with grass on the ground and a blue sky above, instead of the gothic roof. Groups of birds were flying through the broken windows and the absent roof. A strang feeling, but it redminds me to certain ideas of the medieval ages, when francican monks preached of this picture to illustrate, that wealth is not important for god and a simple life would be proper for everyone. (Have you ever seen the Continue reading “Abbaye de Jumièges”