The geese of the cathedral
Among the many curiosities of the Cathedral of Barcelona, for sure the most interesting one is related to the geese of its cloister.
The cloister is a peaceful and serene space, and it provides a nice contrast to the busy streets outside the cathedral. It is also a great spot for photography and it is a popular spot for visitors to the cathedral to take a break and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere.
People always get surprised when they find them! Of course, it doesn't happen every day to find geese inside a church...! They are related to the patron Saint of the city, Eulàlia. And they are 13 to recall both the age of Saint Eulàlia and the martyrdom she had to suffer because of her faith during Roman Times in the 4th century.
The cloister is a rectangular courtyard surrounded by a covered walkway, or arcade, that is supported by columns and arches. The walkway is lined with chapels, each of which is dedicated to a different saint.
Overall, the Cloister of the Cathedral of Barcelona is a must-see attraction for anyone interested in Gothic architecture, art and history. It is a beautiful and historic architectural feature that provides a glimpse into the past and is a great spot for visitors to relax and admire the beauty of the Cathedral.