Friday, February 29, 2008

I got me to a convent today


I went to visit the Museu-Monestir Pedralbes today in BCN...this is a seriously old monastery, part of the Benedictine order, but was in fact a convent...as in it was for Nuns not Monks. The monks move to more comfortable, and historically less important digs in the early eighties and the generalitat has been renovating and restoring since. Though it still belongs to the nuns. It is a lovely and peaceful place; I visited it last week when GM was here, but forgot the camera and the visit was a might hurried so I went back again today...the advantage of living in a place.

I love the expression on the face of the fellow above...he looks kind of bewildered doesn't he.

The women who were in this monastery, since the 1300's if I get my numbers correct, were all fairly well to do, and clearly had refined tastes...you can see the feminine in this jug from their stores. I just love it.

The sweep of these fresco curtains painted onto the walls is also a lovely feminine touch...


also the general air of space and peace was delightful...


This chair, stored away in one of the cellars was a thing of simple beauty...


The cloister housed several ponds, this one was my favorite...so clear and shrouded with trees. Unregimented.


A touching carving well in reality a tombstone, I like how even her pillow is dented where her head rests....I believe it reads 1365, so she has been comfy for a long time.


This however confused me....look at it closely...


OK, is it just me, or...you see, I cannot quite make up my mind, if this looks more ovarian or more testicular....



I leave you with a self portrait.

Cheers.

9 comments:

dawn said...

A great tour. The one thing I miss about not being able to visit Europe is the opportunity to visit historic places and live in that moment, even if in my imagination. It is one reason I love to visit blogs, to get a tiny taste of different places.

traveler one said...

Naughty, naughty girl! LOL

Nice tour!!

Theresa said...

Definitely phallic. I doubt the men who built it thought much about ovaries, but they were always leaving phallic references all over the place. Lovely pics, I especially like that chair, although it doesn't look very comfortable. :)

Beth said...

Lovely pictures - such a beautiful sanctuary. As for that particular picture, I'm thinking the men who built the place left those "special" reminders for the nuns. (Such egos.)
Good to "see" you again in that self portrait!

Beth said...

Rocky, these are just beautiful. simply beautiful. and I'm think maybe "testicular"...love the self portrait!!

Steffi said...

Very beautiful pictures!Nice place where you was!
Have a nice weekend!

Michele said...

what an amazing place. and i love the self portrait. i feel sure i know exactly what you look like now!

oreneta said...

Dawn, that is one of the greats about blogs, I have been enjoying watching spring slowly arrive where you are...

Kim, what can I say...it was just so obvious...

Lynda, in reality, I am not all that sure what they even knew about ovaries...teh builders that is...but they do still remind me...

Beth, I am going to have to look up who the designer/sculptor...someone must know, or not.

Beth, I agree, testicular too...but still, it is an interesting blend.

Steffi, thanks for coming by...have a nice weekend too!

Michele, it is a lovely lovely place...very peaceful.

elPadawan said...

upside-down ovarian. Nice visit :)