Saturday, January 10, 2009

Barcelona Geese Guard

For many, many years, 13 geese have served as an alarm system in the cloisters of the Cathedral of Barcelona. The strutting white fowl are there in memory of Eulalia, Barcelona's patron saint and the patron saint of sailors. As a 13 year old girl, she was tortured 13 times for her faith before being crucified in 304. Her tomb now rests below the high altar in the cathedral sanctuary.

The geese take full advantage of their celebrity status by accepting handouts, posing for photos and strutting about with beaks in the air. In the cloister garden, atop a fountain, is a statue of St. George slaying the dragon, and also a public restroom that is easy to miss.