Happy Monday! Did you have a good weekend? I hope you did! To kick start this week, I have some crests and seals for you, which can be found just about everywhere in Barcelona.
I don’t believe I have ever seen a city where they are so abundantly present – have you? Above, the very Catalan bat, on a building in the Old Port, and below, a very simple seal, which wouldn’t look bad as a brooch, don’t you think?
Some have colour, others have been intricately, yet delicately carved into stone… I think it’s really very pretty.
… then there is this one (above) which is a combination of carved crest and painted family name plus symbols – a very interesting example that can be found just around the corner from the Cute Suite. And on the same street, as the Cute Suite, this lovely seal, surrounded by flowers and palm trees. Gorgeous!
Flora is often used to decorate seals and crests, such as the above example on the façade of a Farmacia, or the very grimy one below, which seems to consist only of floral elements.
Two very old examples – the above on the walls of a former alms house, is very worn; the various crests and seals on the one below are in better shape.
A very simple one, which I found somewhere in the Barri Gòtic, I believe around Plaça del Rei, but I am no longer sure. I think it’s simplicity is truly delightful, although I do like more ornate crests too.
Below, a wavy and stripy one, which I find quite striking, and is a true crest in the sense that it reminds me of images from the times of knights and crusaders…
This gorgeous lion’s head can be found above the large entrance to Palau Moià, on Carrer Portaferrissa, and the nautical one close to the Old Port, on a lovely street called Passatge de la Pau, and which ends in a lovely passage way, that I may show you some time.
On the square adjacent to Passatge de la Pau, stands a very pretty, low, one storey building (most unusual it still exists in the middle of the city!) which is ornately decorated and has not one, but two seals: the beautiful letters above, and the curvy snakes with helmet and the year 1879, below.
Finally, a merely decorative one – I haven’t discovered any symbols or initials on it, can you? – on a swanky building in El Raval, inset in a very Neo Classical triangle. As you can see, there are not only many crests and seals here, in Barcelona, but their styles vary a lot too!
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