Before we left for the pier yesterday morning we had a chance to do some exploring INSIDE the Cathedral of Barcelona, more officially known as Catedral de la Santa Cruz y Santa Eulalia in Spanish. But since many in Spain speak Catalan, you may hear it referred to as Catedral de la Santa Creu i Santa Eulàlia.
Whatever you call it, you will find the Cathedral full of religious art and amazing architecture. These are the things I love to explore in Europe. There is so much to discover!
The cathedral was constructed from the 13th to 15th centuries, with the principal work done in the 14th century.The cloister, which encloses the Well of the Geese (Font de les Oques) was completed in 1448.
In the late 19th century, the neo-Gothic façade was constructed over the nondescript exterior that was common to Catalan churches.
The roof is notable for its gargoyles, featuring a wide range of animals, both domestic and mythical. [source]
When we had wanted to enter the church the previous afternoon, we found that it cost 7 euros a piece during the afternoon hours. But the next morning you could come after mass, and there was no charge. Perfect for an after-breakfast wander before our bus picked us up to deliver us to the pier at 11am.
In we went!
I love the feel of ancient places!
The altars around the center are massive and ornate!
Creepily reverent with sepulchres on the walls!
But the most interesting was the cloisters on the outside in the courtyard where the well of geese is located!
Tombstones line the floor!
What do these scissors mean?
They are here too! So interesting!
The well of geese!
You could hear the geese honking even before you could see them. I stopped by to peer through the iron gates while a father was singing to a young child a little goose song. If you listen closing you will hear him:
Geese in The Cloister Courtyard at Catedral de la Santa Cruz y Santa Eulalia, Barcelona, Spain this morning! If you listen closely, you can hear a father singing a little song to his children as the geese squawk! We are off to the pier shortly! I wish we had more time to discover Barcelona, I am in love with this city! . . #quiltville #bonniekhunter #quiltntravel #quiltcruise #craftours #sewmanyplaces #barcelona #spain #geese #goose #cathedral
I loved the geese!
I have placed all of the Cathedral photos in a slide show, and it was no small feat getting them to upload on ships wifi. Since I am 6 hours ahead of home I started things uploading this morning, and am back in my cabin during our lunch break to hopefully get this to go live!
After this tour, it was all hands on the bus and off we went to board the Brilliance of the Seas!
We are ready to go!
Past the Christopher Columbus statue….
And other odd artsy architecture…
Saying goodbye to Barcelona as we sail away…
waving farewell to the castle like church on the hill…
The cruise part of our adventure has truly begun!
This morning we started our first workshop, A Little Bit Hexie which is being received with open arms, smiley faces and busy needles! Lunch is nearly over so I better get this uploaded and head back to class.
Quiltville Quote of the Day!
And tell them often! Vintage bow tie quilt top from my collection. Love the fabrics!
Have a lovely Friday, everyone!