St. George and the Dragon

St. George was an officer in the Roman army in Palestine the late 200s AD. Did you know that? Neither did I. He was a martyr for refusing to make a sacrifice to the Roman gods. Another fact that had escaped my knowledge.

Mostly I had a hazy picture of his exploits with a dragon, which seems odd to me to mix up a fantasy element with a Catholic saint, although I guess that Revelation contains its share of mythical creatures. So, not so strange after all.

Anyway. I discover that there are at least a few versions of St. George and the Dragon, and then upon further reading, I discover that St. George is the patron saint of, oh, about 22 countries, 24 cities, as well as professions and sufferers of leprosy, plague, herpes and syphilis. At least according to Wikipedia.

Catalonia as well as Barcelona take their place on the list to claim George as their patron saint, and we saw evidence to this fact on our recent trip.

On the Palau de la Generalitat de Catalunya (Offices of the Presidency of Catalunya)

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In the Barcelona Cathedral Cloister

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Just a dragon on a former umbrella shop

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Dragon scales and back on the Casa Batlló

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In the Sagrada Familia (just George, no dragon)

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Even in Figueres’ Plaza

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