Tucked away temple

20 Nov
copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Tucked away temple

I recently ‘discovered’ a tucked away temple on Carrer Bailèn while cycling past, and was quite surprised to find such a glorious old building sandwiched between two very normal residential ones.

copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Starry gate

So last weekend I returned to have a closer look. Here is what I found…

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Overgrown

The building isn’t actually as old as its style might lead to believe, but it certainly does its best to convey age, with all those overgrown vines draped all over the ceiling, and its general dark, worn presence.

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Griffin glory

Not much in the way of upkeep has been ‘inflicted’ on this temple-like structure, which makes it look all the more ancient. I love the details it has, such as the glorious griffin, and the palm-like columns.

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Column detail

The pretty shell that crowns its roof is rather lovely too, and mimics the one at the top of the starry fence (almost at the top of the post). I can totally imagine having a fancy dress party at this tucked away temple, with people looking all glamorous, drink in hand, dancing on its steps… Aaaah, one can dream!

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Shell on shore

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  1. Chaflán charm « cute suite - November 29, 2012

    […] with Carrer Bailen. A little off the beaten track perhaps, but it’s just up the road from the lovely temple I showed you not long ago, so well worth heading out […]

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