Little Known Facts About Barcelona
Do you know where in Barcelona you can always meet 13 white geese?
The cloister of the La Seu Cathedral is home to 13 white geese. Each goose represents one year in the life of the martyr Santa Eulalia and patron saint of Barcelona – a young girl, tortured to death by the Romans in the 4th century because of her religious beliefs.
Do you know where Pablo Picasso held one of his first exhibitions?
The young Pablo Picasso designed the menu cover and held one of his first exhibitions at the Els 4 Gats restaurant, a favourite meeting place for artists, writers and many other intellectuals at the time, and today a popular spot for tourists. Picasso himself shares that Barcelona is “where it all began...where I understood how far I could go”.
Do you know that a glove display case led to Gaudi meeting his patron, Güell?
Antoni Gaudi’s greatest patron was Eusebi Güell, an industrialist, aristocrat and politician. The two men met in an interesting way. Gaudi was commissioned by a luxurious glove shop to design a display case for gloves for the Paris World’s Fair in 1878. Güell, who visited the World’s Fair, was amazed by the display case. He was so impressed by this work of art that upon returning to Barcelona he made arrangements to meet its creator. This was the beginning of the great friendship between Gaudi and Güell.
Do you know that Barcelona is the only city in the world to be awarded the Royal Gold Medal for architecture?
Usually, this award, given by the Royal Institute of British Architects on behalf of the British monarch goes to individuals or a group of people for their contribution to architecture. In 1999 Barcelona received the award, becoming the first and only city in the world, awarded with this honour.
Do you know why the tallest tower of Sagrada Familia should be no more than 170m high?
Upon completion, Sagrada Familia will have 18 towers, the tallest of which is dedicated to Jesus Christ. According to Gaudi’s plans it will be exactly 170m high, one metre shorter than the Montjuic Hill. All of Gaudi’ works were inspired by Nature and he believed that no man’s work could surpass God’s work.