Apparently, the beast was too young to use his fire breath to burn down his cage of a ship and escape. Once they got to shore, the Saracens released the dragon into the wild in Catalunya and it settled in a lair near Sant Llorenc del Munc. To this today, that cave is known as the Cova del Drac. Soon, the dragon was a full-grown menace — eating sheep as well as the peasants and knights who tried to subdue it. Finally, Wilfred stepped in and killed the beast with a lance made from a large oak branch.
The Catalans then skinned and stuffed it — and brought out what must have been frighteningly sublime taxidermy for festivities.
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Thus began a long tradition of prominent public displays of dragons. As Catalans struggled to define themselves culturally against the Spanish, the dragon as a symbol became a veiled wink at Catalan ingenuity to vanquish any foe and any beast that seeks to colonize them and deprive them of their autonomy. To this day, the annual feast of St. George intersperses images of dragons, roses, and yellow emblems celebrating Catalan nationalism.
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Share this Article Like this article? Email it to a friend! The central living room has an unusual parabolic dome, and the lounge ceiling is perforated by circles that, under the daylight, give the ceiling a planetarium appearance.
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You can visit it as you tour the Gothic Quarters. This tour shows you both , and gives you an upgrade with tapas! The crypt is built in basaltic stone bricks with mosaics that give an archaic appearance. The interior of the crypt has five aisles: a central nave and two aisles at each side.
The stained glass windows jut out over the walls to give them a stronger ornamental appearance, and on the upper part of the door, a ceramic composition shows the four cardinal virtues. In a way, it is an unfinished, rough precursor of the much bigger Sagrada Familia. In addition, the construction techniques used here laid the foundation of the techniques employed in La Sagrada Familia. Its main gate, though, is a completely different monster — literally.
In it is a wrought-iron grille in the shape of a dragon spreading its menacing bat-like wings while showing its forked tongue coming out of its gaping maws. Even though it was highly criticized by the city during construction due to its radical design that broke all the bylaws of the city, in the Barcelona City Council awarded it the recognition of being one of the three best buildings of the year. Casa Calvet was built between and for the Calvets, a family of textile industrialists. This is due to the fact that it had to be squeezed in between older structures and because it was located in one of the most elegant sections of Barcelona.
The stone facade reflects Baroque influences, along with its bay windows, sculptural decoration, and interior decorations.
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Still, you can see a bit of his design language in certain details. The roof is topped with two pediments, each supporting a wrought iron cross. They are surrounded by various pieces of stone ornamentation and crowned with statues of San Genis and Saint Peter — Calvets saints. At the time of his death, less than a quarter of the project was complete. The central spire is the tallest of all, representing Jesus Christ.
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The way light bathes and plays with the interior space with various hues of colors is one of the most impressive aspects of this building. The fountain counts with several sculptures of horses and mythical creatures. Among these sculptures is also that of Venus standing on an open clam — designed by Venanci Vallmitjana. Want More Gaudi? I also recommend checking out these hotel deals in Barcelona with HotelsCombined.
Not to be missed! If you still have to book your flights, I recommend checking Skyscanner and Momondo as they usually come out with the cheapest flights. I use World Nomads and I highly recommend it. Very nice post and pics! I guess, as an architect, you must find these buildings fascinating. The more I look at them, the more confused I become. I would never design a Gaudi-like building, but what I like so much about them is that they pushed the envelope with their design in an era when everything was becoming so mechanized. Gaudi was bold!
I think you hit the nail in the head. I am sobbing while looking at the buildings!! Such talent. Listening to Alan Parsons Project Gaudi at the same time. Makes it more intense …. Before reading this post, my only exposure to Gaudi was the reference to his work in the movie, Vicky Christina Barcelona which I loved, by the way. Really enjoyed seeing these pics and descriptions. Barcelona is all about Gaudi! Norbert, you made my day. Gaudi and Hundertwasser are my favorite architects along with Klimmt being my favorite painter.
Wow Inka, you never cease to amaze me!
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Yes, without any doubt they were outrageous and full of abstract designs. We have so much to talk whenever we meet in person. My long-term plan is to move to Barcelona someday… I absolutely love all of the Gaudi architecture there! I cannot wait to see it completed! Barcelona is such a great city to live.
I never knew that these beauties existed. I always learn cool things from you guys. Thanks, Norbert. As an architect, you must have loved this! Yes, Barcelona was my Disney, not only for Gaudi, but also for all the great architecture this city has. When you go, make sure to go to La Rambla and to the waterfront as well as other great places there.
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