The melancholic cloister of Sant Domenec

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.

Romanesque cloister in Catalonia

The convent was built by the Augustinian Order in the 11th century. Anima una et cor unum in Deum.

Claustro románico Peralada

The Augustinians added the wonderful Romanesque cloister in the second half of the 12th century.

Claustro Románico

The cloister of Sant Domènec has 52 capitals featuring anthropomorphic, zoomorphic, fitomorphic and geometric figures.

Cloister Peralada

Those simple and nice capitals told stories to our ancestors: stories of good and evil, stories of love and hate …

Claustro de Peralada

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.

Adán y Eva capitel

Other capitals are not so easy to understand, like this one featuring a group of worried people:

Worried people

I can’t quite make out what that face in the lower corner is trying to say:

Poor guy in Peralada

The poor guy looks sad and gloomy … Why?

Linden in a cloister

In fact, there is a certain air of sadness and despair in the whole place, in the whole marvelous and solitary place …

Lonely cloister Peralada

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 …

Cloister as a shelter

By the old cloister the breeze murmurs, rustling through the dark branches, whispering indiscernible words …

By the old cloister

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.

Cloister aerial view

Good-bye!

 

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10 Responses to The melancholic cloister of Sant Domenec

  1. This is on our list to see at the end of May when we are in the area. BTW, having been seduced by your blog, we are staying two nights at Cadaqués! Look forward to seeing you in Spain.

    • Covetotop says:

      Cadaqués is a wonderful microcosmos … just take into account that it is linked to the rest of the universe by a tortuous road full of curves (and scenic views), and it takes time moving from here to any other village. I hope to see you there or in the “Master of Cabestany Realm” (Sant Pere de Rodes)!

  2. Eri Berry says:

    Amazing details. Wow!

  3. harri8here says:

    How amazing that the Lime tree should be lurking there. Maybe its branches are antennae for the capital characters, perhaps it’s how they get their news ;). I hope your elegant self didn’t get totally blown away by the chilling wind.

    Such an atmospheric post, I could hear the whispering.

    • Covetotop says:

      My elegant self blow away in one piece, but thanks God it re-materialized in one piece just a few kilometers away. The bad news is that I lost my natural elegance somewhere in the interval … 😉

  4. a ferreira says:

    Melancholy can be highly contagious! I hope the Muses have cheered you up by now, otherwise your little bunch of friendly readers here will be very sad…
    And it’s sad enough already to see such a nice cloister ‘hanging’ from nothing, emptied of purpose and meaning… 52 capitals – could they be for 52 weeks?

    • Covetotop says:

      Yes, the Muses have cheered me up. Muses that post nice comments in my blog, like you 🙂

      52 capitals, one per week? Mmm. Good question. I have no idea.

  5. Some trees truly seem to have a great sense of location. Another treat from Covetotop!

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