SANTA EULALIA

 

 

 

The virgin Santa Eulàlia was the only patron saint of Barcelona before the Virgin of Mercy joined her. Legend has it that Santa Eulàlia suffered martyrdom during the Roman age. History tells us she was exposed naked in the public square and a miraculous snowfall in mid-spring covered her nudity. The Roman governors, enraged, decided to martyr her by putting her into a barrel with knives and glass shards stuck into it and rolling her down the street ("Baixada de Santa Eulàlia"). She was said to suffer 13 tortures, one for each year of her life at the time she was crucified. That is why there are 13 geese in her honour in the Barcelona Cathedral cloister.