The Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia (Catalan: Catedral de la Santa Creu i Santa Eulàlia, Spanish: Catedral de la Santa Cruz y Santa Eulalia), commonly known as Barcelona Cathedral or La Seu is one of the most beautiful Catalan Gothic buildings in Barcelona. The most refreshing spot cannot be found elsewhere, but the 14th century cloister where 13 white geese are kept. On the way back to La Rambla, I visited Barcelona Cathedral to see its magical oasis and to say hello to the 13 white geese.
Its finest architecture and a gaggle of 13 white geese in the lovely oasis of Barcelona are the tempting notes to most visitors. According to legend,a belief behind the number “13” of white geese in the 14th century cloister is said to honor Saint Eulalia’s purity or to signify her age when she was martyred or maybe to represent 13 ways the Romans had tortured her. Some say the number “13” representing one of each year of Saint Eulalia ‘s short life. Barcelona Cathedral is after all a holy place, so an appropriate dressing is required when visiting Barcelona Cathedral. The charming cloister courtyard is a joyful highlight as you can see different type of trees, and a mossy pond, called as the Well of the Geese. Holding one leg up is a kind of cutest thing I found here when talking about the 13 white geese. Their geese ancestors might be doing the similar poses during late afternoon since the 14th century or so.
Apart from the charming 13 white geese, you will have a chance to see the Sardana dancing, a true Catalan culture in front of Catedral de Barcelona if you go there on Sunday noon. This traditional Sardana dancing on Sunday and taking an elevator to a rooftop will be my next missions to embrace in Barcelona. Seeing is believing!