Girona Cathedral Cloisters (Catalonia)


I captured this photo in the cloister of Girona’s Cathedral during the “Temps de Flors” Festival (Flower Time). During the festival, many well-known places around the city are decorated with tons of flowers, offering a great visual spectacle for locals and tourists alike.

It was a pleasure to walk around the city, but when I reached cloister I was even more amazed by the views. Perhaps capturing this photo at night was not the best way to convey the beauty of the place, but even at that moment, when I saw the mix of flowers with the Romanesque architecture, I had to set my tripod and take this photograph.

This is one of the most important cloisters in Catalonia; it’s located on the north side of the Cathedral and dates from the last few years of the 12th century. The pillars have fine reliefs that illustrate biblical stories: the Garden of Eden, Noah’s Ark, Cain and Abel, Hell, Abraham and Isaac, and Jacob and Rachel with Laban. The intervening capitals have very varied motifs; the north gallery is the only one without biblical or historical scenes. Elsewhere there are capitals illustrating Noah in the vineyard, Samson, Lazarus, and the nativity. The remaining capitals depict hunting scenes, animals and mythical beasts, and foliage.

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