I visited my first graveyard in Spain 30 years ago and I was hooked. The graveyards here are so different from those in the United States. For one, many people are buired in the same grave site. I’m not sure how they are stacked in there, but from the names listed on the site, they’re in there somehow. Some of them only list the family name without any specific person, so who knows how many are in there. I recently went to a graveyard close to where we are staying in Barcelona and took two of my kids with me. Here are some of the pictures I took.
I probably shouldn’t start out with my favorite photo, but I will anyway. This is a close up of the Kiss of Death or “El Beso de la Muerte.”
And here is a full picture of the statue. It’s kind of morbid, but very interesting and very well done.
On this mausoleam I counted 42 names of people entombed here.
Of course there were a lot of angles depicted on the memorials.
We also counted at least a dozen cats and no rats. In this picture you can also see how some families are entombed in smaller spaces in a large wall.
There was plenty of wrought iron fencing around the different sites, which gave me an opportunity to snap some photos of the textures that I really like to do.
And a few other creatures.
This was a great surpise. My oldest son’s name is Clave and I’ve only ever seen a similar name once in the credits of a movie, and it was spelled like it is here on this grave site: Clavé. I looked up this particular Clavé, but everything was written in Catalán so all I could gleen from what I found is that he was a Choral organizer and conductor in the mid to late 1800’s and that there is still a choral organization that carries his name. If you look at the plaque, you’ll see the name La Federació de Cors de Clavé. This was of particular interest to me because my son Clave has a deep love for music and singing, especially choral music.
And here is my youngest son mimicking the plaque of Clavé.
Then of course, my ever fasionable daughter, who I love to take pictures of and who loves to have her picture taken so she can blog about it at www.ALavenderSea.com. Besides, what better back drop for pictures than a graveyard in Spain?
Even in a graveyard, there is much beauty to be found.