SAMUEL DAVID BRAVO

photography

Catedral de la Santa Creu

Barcelona, Spain
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June 2017

The Catedral de la Santa Creu is located in the heart of the Gothic Quarter in Barcelona. Although I found the inside of the building quite dark and hostile, which seems to be a theme in old cathedrals, the craftsmanship of the exterior was very pretty. The off-white glimmer of the church matched the sea-blue windows well. A small antiquities market popped up in the square facing the cathedral, which is where I found an analog calculator from the 1920's.

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The atmosphere was very different inside the cathedral. The architecture was fascinating, but I found it difficult to concentrate as the shrines and decorations felt quite scary. I did notice that almost all the characters depicted in Santa Creu were blond, including the small saint figurines pointing out of the walls that I fleetingly mistook as coat hangers. Even the crucified Christ figure in the stained-glass window was blond!

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The cathedral's cloister envelops the Well of Geese, a small courtyard that thirteen geese call home. The fountain beside the Well was particularly interesting. A small soldier on horseback fought a dragon atop the fountain. Along the sides, taps stuck out from the mouths of granite faces, each tap itself had the face of a gargoyle and a small figurine for a lever. How odd.

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