Stone love

24 Oct
copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Carrer Àngels

Happy Monday! Did you have a nice weekend? We had some rain here, in Barcelona, so I spent some time watching episodes of “Rome” (do you know the series?). Inspired by the gorgeous stage setting of this series, I decided to show you some stone carvings today. I think you’ll be impressed…

On the side wall of a school, just a couple of blocks from the Cute Suite, these salmon coloured children (above) portray an idyllic moment in life, surrounded by pigeons, grape bunches and swathes of cloth. Not sure life inside the walls is as enjoyable for the kids who attend this school, but it makes for beautiful decoration, doesn’t it?

copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Ronda de Sant Antoni

More salmon can be found on a series of columns that grace the walls on a building on Ronda de Sant Antoni. It’s not often that columns are coloured nowadays, so this one struck me as quite a unique example.

Below, the most beautiful letter box I have ever seen! Carved delicately out of stone, a bunch of swallows, a tortoise and a pretty vine branch, as well as a crowned crest. Very impressive to say the least.

copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Carrer de Santa Llùcia

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Carrer de Santa Mònica

The above flower may actually be ceramic, but it has the appearance of a stone carving. Cute either way.

On a marble slab, a dedication to a local poet, complete with garlands, a plate of figs, and various other plant details. Interesting that this has also been given a touch of colour here and there…

copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Carrer d'en Xuclà

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Carrer dels Gegants

Two examples of cruder work in stone. No less lovely though, in my opinion. It just shows different levels of workmanship and skill, as well as taste, although these carvings are from quite different periods. The one above is relatively recent, as it can be found on a building that appears to be from either the late 19th, or the early 20th Century. The crest below, can be found in the old Jewish Quarter, and must therefore be quite a bit older, possibly from the 12th or 13th Century. I wonder if the rope has any purpose, or if it is just a prank? Did you notice it?

copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Carrer del Call

Last but not least, a grand example of carved stone from a grand building, the Teatre Principal on La Rambla. It’s unfortunate that this theatre doesn’t operate as such these days, for it is a little run down. But the upper parts, such as this arch and details underneath it are still in very good shape and a beautiful example of the Neo Classical style.

copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

La Rambla

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2 Responses to “Stone love”

  1. Kiana @ The Barcelona Story October 24, 2011 at 6:39 pm #

    I LOVE that letterbox. So beautiful!

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