An interesting walk with lots of things to discover.
Engravings on its streets, fantastical animal sculptures at the top of its towers and the use of organic forms on the Catalan modernisn are some of the elements that hide a meaning about its construction and its history.
Barcelona is full of curiosities that are worth visiting to pay attention at every step we take when walking throught its streets. An admiration that turns into a smile or a curious look that only a few people would understand by looking at the same thing.
Did you know…
It`s been said on the Greek mythology that Hercules himself was the one who gave the city its name. The myth reveals that he stroke on Barcelona´s shores and name it honoring his ship: Barca Nona.
The rooftop of Casa Batlló represents the legend of Saint George, Catalonia´s patron saint. The White tower with the four-arms cross symbolizes the sword nailed at the dragon´s backbone formed by the coloring roof in green and blue with a touch or red that is the blood that sprouted from the animal. On the othe hand, the bones and masks that form the balconies represent the victims whose lives were taken by the dragon until its defeat.
There is a magical square at the front of the Passion at the Sagrada Familia Expiatory Temple. These are number ordinations that sum together by columns, rows and diagonals always give as a result the same number. In this case, the result is 33 which is the age that Christ had at the time of his death and it is also the highest degree on the masonic lodges from which the city is surrounded with.
The Football Club Barcelona shield is at one of the glass windows of the famous Santa María del Mar Basilica. Its inclusion was made as a gratitude gesture of a donation that was made by the club for the reconstruction of the glass window.
The famous monument of Columbus does not point to America. If it pointed properly it should be directed to Las Ramblas. Nevertheless, it was thought that it could confuse and that is why it was decided to place it where it actually is. Where do you think it points to?
At the church of Saint Felip Neri there are almost intact remaining marks of shrapnels that bombarded during the Spanish civil war on 1938 where more than twenty kids died.
The dragon is one of the most representative symbols of the city of Barcelona. In fact, it´s been said from many centuries ago that it was called Drakcelona. Actually there are more than 400 dragons hidden among the façades and monuments.
Learn more about Barcelona visiting the “Culture” section of our magazine.