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Santa Eulalia’s geese


Barcelona’s holy patron is Saint Eulalia, also called Laia. She was a geese shepherdess in the village of Sarria, now a part of Barcelona. She was a martyr, was killed for her faith by the Romans, says her hagiography.
Nowadays, the cathedral in the old town is named after her. And in the cloister are living 13 geese. Why 13? Eulalia was 13 when she became a martyr.

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8 responses

  1. Very interesting history. I like the photo in black and white but I especially love the special effects on your header.

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    January 17, 2012 at 11:28 pm

  2. Oh that's so nice they still keep geese, and 13 of them.

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    January 17, 2012 at 8:53 pm

  3. What an interesting story. Looks like that goose might be resting on one foot!

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    January 17, 2012 at 7:14 pm

  4. I love this. Truly beautiful photo.

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    January 17, 2012 at 4:35 pm

  5. martyred at the age of 13…

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    January 17, 2012 at 11:32 am

  6. wow, what a story from the martyred saint.
    thanks for the quick info Rob and nicely captured on the geese. ^0^

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    January 17, 2012 at 11:16 am

  7. Amazing image Rob, the reflections work so well in B&W. btw love your new header, there's lots to see in that photo.

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    January 17, 2012 at 1:16 am

  8. I love this photo.

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    January 17, 2012 at 1:12 am