As Barcelona is an ‘old’ city, there are many elements to be found which belong to the past, and which are more often than not, no longer in use. I have gathered a few to show you – here goes!
An old letterbox that has been closed off to avoid stray letters being delivered through it, is visible on a door on Carrer Xuclà. Now the postman (or woman) has to ring the doorbell to gain access to the lobby, where a bunch of individual letterboxes await their mail.
Formerly the meters for the various utilities (such as water, electricity, etc.) would have been behind these cute little cast iron ‘doors’ on the outside of all buildings, and the person who came to read the meters would access them with a master key. Nowadays they are no longer is use – we have our own meters inside our apartments, or otherwise the meters can be found inside the lobby of any given building. Nevertheless, the old cast iron ‘doors’ still remain in place on many of Barcelona’s buildings, and here are a few examples for you, starting with the Cute Suite‘s very own…
… as well as some others that can be found around Ciutat Vella.
This ring, on Carrer Avinyó, would have been used to tie one’s horse, today you could put your dog’s leash here to keep your beloved pooch out of the shop. Below, a ventilation ‘vent’ in an old palace building on Carrer dels Comtes. Perhaps it still has its use, I’m not sure.
To wrap up today’s post another, very different relic, not sure what you’d call one of these (feel free to let me know if you do), it would have been used to connect electric cables from the outside to the homes within the building. When I grew up in Spain, these were everywhere, but these days the cabling has become a little bit more sophisticated. But not very much, as I’ll show you some other time. But for now, let’s all relax and enjoy the weekend. I hope you have a good one!