Bits on the side

16 Jan
copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Metal door

Happy Monday! I hope you had a lovely weekend and are ready to tackle this new week. Did you go to church? I did. In fact, I went to the Cathedral. To take photos. Of the outside. But not all of it, just bits on the side that faces Carrer  Comtes. Here they are – I hope you like them!

The side door of the Cathedral (above), that opens out onto Carrer Comtes, is decorated very prettily with small, delicate (almost feminine) elements. I find it really beautiful. What do you think?

copyright: Lisette van de Graaf


Around this doorway a lot of other details can be found. The frieze at the base of the multi-column surround, which jumps in and out, creates a lot of texture, as do the slender columns that rise up and meet at the center of the doorway in a pointed (typically Gothic) arch.

copyright: Lisette van de Graaf


copyright: Lisette van de Graaf


There is more to be seen though – the masonry is rich with various figures, such as the pole-sitters above and the dragon-slaying Saint George below, as well as an interesting collection of gargoyles, more columns and arches, and yet more figures. There’s a lot to take in, so I recommend you take your time to do so. While you’re contemplating what’s on visual offer, you’ll probably be delighted by some music that is being played by one or more of the talented street musicians that choose the small square to the side of the cathedral to perform.

copyright: Lisette van de Graaf


copyright: Lisette van de Graaf


To the right of the doorway, you can find a plaque on the wall, surrounded by beautifully carved vines and inscribed with beautiful chiseled lettering. I’m not very good at deciphering it. Can you?

copyright: Lisette van de Graaf


Still further to the right, towards the front of the Cathedral, you can find a window, with slender columns on both sides and in the middle, ribbed arches at the top, and 3 four leaf clovers crowning the beautiful stained glass figures that can be seen on the window panes. No doubt even more beautiful, if viewed from the inside. Do check out the inside of the Cathedral – it is well worth a visit – and don’t forget to also visit the courtyard on the side, which is home to 13 geese.

copyright: Lisette van de Graaf



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