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"Why are there eggs in the fountain?"
Not your usual Sunday question I'm guessing, but likely one to be heard echoing round Barcelona this weekend. To celebrate Corpus Christi, someone some time (thought to be around 1637) reckoned that it would be a good idea to place an egg on top of the jets of water coming out of the city's fountains. But, of course. Sounds strange, but it is a wonderful sight to behold. The fountains are decorated with fabulous flower arrangements to make the scene even more impressive.
As well as the cathedral, where the cloister fountain is the place to see the dancing egg (l'ou com baila in Catalan), you can see them at the Museu Frederic Marès (Pl. de Sant Iu 5), Arxiu Històric de la Ciutat de Barcelona (Santa Llúcia 1), Ateneu Barcelonès (Canuda 6), Església de Santa Anna (Santa Anna 29), the Basilica de la Puríssima Concepció (Roger de Llúria 70), MUHBA Monestir de Pedralbes (Baixada del Monestir 9). For full details including opening times, click here (PDF programme in Catalan).
On Sunday, there will be a Corpus Christi procession, an event that dates from 1320, starting at 7.45pm in the Avinguda de la Catedral and taking in a circular route of the area. At 7.15pm, at the Plaça Sant Jaume, you'll be able to see giants and other traditional creatures leaving the Ajuntament and going on a mini tour to Plaça Nova.
Another feature of Corpus Christi in Barcelona are the flower carpets; you'll find the catifes de flors in different squares and streets around the city, pretty designs made up of flowers and leaves.