homeland of my heart
when of you moves away
of hope dies
This fragment of the poem the Emigrant, of Jacint Verdaguer, move us at modes of the 19th century, period where the movement of the Renaixença attained his maximum splendour. One of the principal aims of this stage, was the to recover continuums those characteristic symbols of the Catalan identity as the folklore, the literature, the poetry and, especially, the language. Regarding his style, following the European romanticism, excels for a prevalence of the sentiments, the patriotic exaltation and the historic motifs.
Gaudí always shared this sentiment of national recovery and that is why it related with the protagonists of the epoch, especially with Verdaguer. In fact, the architect inspired of the work of the Atlantis, that had written by the poet, represented the Hesperide’s Garden at the door of the Pavilions Güell.
Gaudí, in the same way that his partners of the renaixença movement, evidenced always a big interest for the medieval legend and, especially for Sanit George. The saint patron of Catalonia it was represented by Gaudí in his works. If we look the façade of the Casa Batlló, for example, we will be able to view the: the cross of four arms, would symbolise the lance, the balconies, the wreckage of the dragon and the roof of ceramics, the loin of the monster. Only it is necessary that let our imagination fly for such to revive this important history that, each 23 of April, recalls us our stems.
We invite you, then, at this Saint George’s day, at the Gaudí Exhibition Center, where you will enjoy of a discount of two euros and, of course, all the Jordis, Georges, Jorges, Geroginas, Giorgias and Jordines will enter for free!