Dragons Are In The Air!!!
If you´ve been in Barcelona you might noticed dragons everywhere you look around in Old City or the modernist Example neighbourhood. Whatever space was suitable for local sculptors and architects geniuses to put their work into shape, La Casa De Les Puntxes, Casa Amettler or El Palau and almost in every building by Antonio Gaudi you´ll find unless one dragon.
Well, looks like this mythological animal served as inspiration for Catalan architects or it could be due to unconditional love of Catalan people to Saint George and his fights with dragon.
At iconic Casa Batllo where Antoni Gaudí was beyond the mythological allusion to this animal, converting the building into the living representation of the legend of Saint George and shaped in the building´s face, the most popular story of the Catalan people. He designed the roof with the shape of the back of the large animal, it is covered with ceramic scales ceramic in different shades symbolizing the blood shed of the victims. He also ordered a cross to crown the facade as if it were a sword alluding to when the noble knight saved the princess from the fearsome dragon. Here it is Saint George (San Jordi in Catalan) a patron saint of Catalonia.
23 of April celebrated as book´s day around the world and also is Saint Georg´s day in Catalonia the day of books and love. Saint Jordi has been the patron saint of Catalonia since the 15th century and on the other hand we have the famous legend of St George and the dragon and the old medieval tradition of visiting the Chapel of Saint Jordi in the Government Palace, where a rose fair or “lovers” fair used to take place. This is why Saint Jordi is also the patron saint of lovers in Catalonia.
According to tradition couples exchange gifts: a book for the men and a rose for the women.
For me it is the most beautiful day in Catalonia, streets are full of books and you will be able to find the latest publications, see well-known artists signing copies of their books, and of course, smell the scent of the roses.
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