A day of celebration where roses and books become the main characters
The festivity of Saint George is a day that is celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm and joy in Catalonia. On April 23rd, the streets of the cities and towns are crowded with people and stalls selling books and roses. It is about celebrating the patron saint of Catalonia and perpetuating this tradition based on love and culture.
The Legend of Saint George
The legend explains that long ago, in Montblanc (Tarragona) a ferocious dragon, capable of poisoning the air and killing with his breath, had frightened the inhabitants of the city. The inhabitants, scared and tired of the dragon´s ravages and misdeeds, decided to calm him by feeding him one person a day that would be chosen randomly in a draw. After several days, the princess was the unlucky one.
When the princess left her home and headed towards the dragon, a gentleman named Saint George, dressed in shining armor, riding a white horse, suddenly appeared to rescue her. Saint George raised his sword and stabbed the dragon, at last releasing the princess and the citizens from this turmoil.
From the dragon's blood a rose-bush grew with the reddest roses that had ever been seen. Saint George, now a hero picked a rose and offered it to the princess.
The mythical legend is represented in Casa Batlló on the facade and in two specific places inside the house. On the roof the DRAGON‘s back comes alive with the ceramic tiles in the form of scales and the back is pierced by the cross of four arms that evokes Saint George´s triumphant SWORD.
On the top floor we find a flower-shaped balcony alluding to the THE PRINCESS’S BALCONY.
On the lower floors, the remains of the dragon´s victims are located on the balconies in the form of SKULLS and the pillars of the gallery that resemble the BONES.
In the Batlló family’s private entrance hall, there is a staircase where the upper part looks like the vertebrae of an animal and which, according to popular culture, could refer to the spine of the DRAGON’S TAIL. Finally in the attic, the main hall of the catenary arches reminds us of the RIBCAGE of a large animal.
So come to enjoy the festivity of Saint George on the 23 of April 2020 in Barcelona!