Once upon a time there was a convent in Peralada (Alt Empordà, Catalonia, Spain)
The passage of centuries and the brutality of men dismantled little by little the old convent.
Today, only its cloister remains.
The convent was built by the Augustinian Order in the 11th century. Anima una et cor unum in Deum.
The Augustinians added the wonderful Romanesque cloister in the second half of the 12th century.
The cloister of Sant Domènec has 52 capitals featuring anthropomorphic, zoomorphic, fitomorphic and geometric figures.
Those simple and nice capitals told stories to our ancestors: stories of good and evil, stories of love and hate …
Some of the Sant Domènec capitals are easy to understand today, like this one of Adam, Eve and, hidden in a tree, Draco … maior cunctorum serpentium, sive omnium animantium super terram.
Other capitals are not so easy to understand, like this one featuring a group of worried people:
I can’t quite make out what that face in the lower corner is trying to say:
The poor guy looks sad and gloomy … Why?
In fact, there is a certain air of sadness and despair in the whole place, in the whole marvelous and solitary place …
A cold breeze was blowing from the North when I last visited Sant Domènec. A centenary lime tree in winter suit was standing in the middle of the cloister, as if it was taking shelter from an unknown danger …
By the old cloister the breeze murmurs, rustling through the dark branches, whispering indiscernible words …
At that very moment I suffered an attack of melancholic poetry, I levitated and the chilling wind took me away.
Notwithstanding that circumstance, while I was flying to Parnassus, I had the chance to take this wonderful aerial pic (below) of the cloister, which I am glad to share with my little bunch of friendly readers.