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Antic Hostal de la Lleona / Old Hostel of the Lion

Patrimoni Sentimentali - Girona Ciutat De Llegendes

 
 
Antic Hostal de la Lleona / Old Hostel of the Lion Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Andrew Ruppenstein, April 27, 2022
1. Antic Hostal de la Lleona / Old Hostel of the Lion Marker
Inscription.  
Qui besa el cul de la lleona retorna a Girona.

Escultura popular medieval del romānic, segle XI. La lleona era un signe heraldic. Hi havia un acte a la casa de la vila: per rebre un nou ciutadā de Girona, se li feia bčsar el cul de la lleona com a acatament i respecte a la ciutat. Era un divertiment oficial polític de reconeixement com a gironí.

Més informaciķ: 42 Histories Magiques Llegendes de Girona
Catala, Castellā, Francčs, Angles, Alemany, Italia. Rus, Japončs, Xines, Braille

www.llegendeshotel.com

(English translation:)

Who kisses the lioness' butt returns to Girona.

Medieval folk sculpture of the Romanesque, 11th century. The lion was a heraldic sign. The action in the city hall to receive a new citizen of Girona was this: the new citizen was made to kiss the butt of the lioness as a show of obedience and respect for the city. It was an act of official political amusement of recognition for the inhabitants of Girona.

More information: 42 magical legends of Girona (in) Catalan, Castillian (Spanish), French, English, German, Italian, Russian, Japanese, Chinese, and Braille can be found at www.llegendeshotel.com.

 
Erected by Ajuntament de Girona.
 
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Location. 41° 59.275′ N, 2° 49.447′ E. Marker is in Girona, Cataluņa (Catalonia). Marker is at the intersection of Placa de Sant Feliu and Carrer dels Calderers, on the right when traveling east on Placa de Sant Feliu. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Carrer dels Calderers 19, Girona, Cataluņa 17004, Spain. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. General Don Mariano Alvarez de Castro (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Ramon Font i Miquel (1840-1901) (about 180 meters away); Rafael Masķ i Valentí (about 210 meters away); Joachim Vayreda i Vila (about 240 meters away); Xuixo (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Miquel de Palol i Felip (approx. 0.4 kilometers away).
 
Also see . . .  The Lioness' Bottom (Hotel Museu Llegendes de Girona). PDF (English version) of the The Book of Legends of Girona, which delivers pretty much what one would expect from the title. The Lion legend is on page 37.
Excerpt: "In Calderers Street, previously known as Perolers Street, at Number 19, there was a Romanesque column with a lion climbing up it. Possibly, this sculpture was used to give the famous Hostal de la Lleona, which was functioning during the Middle Ages and continued right up to modern times, a claim
Antic Hostal de la Lleona / Old Hostel of the Lion Marker - wide view image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Andrew Ruppenstein, April 27, 2022
2. Antic Hostal de la Lleona / Old Hostel of the Lion Marker - wide view
The marker is visible on the wall in the background, and the lion(ess), a replica, is atop the column.
to fame....Since 1986 a reproduction of the lioness has been erected in Carrer Calderes, in Saint Feliu Square, very near to the place where the original figure was. It has steps to facilitate the ritual."
(Submitted on July 8, 2022.) 
 
Additional keywords. folklore
 
Kiss it image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Andrew Ruppenstein, April 27, 2022
3. Kiss it
Don't kiss it image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Andrew Ruppenstein, April 27, 2022
4. Don't kiss it
Prior to the Covid pandemic, the lion's derriere was available for tender moments. But as a preventive measure against the spread of the disease, the city removed the steps that visitors mounted to do the kissing, and put up the above sign.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 8, 2022. It was originally submitted on July 8, 2022, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Lamorinda, California. This page has been viewed 296 times since then and 84 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 8, 2022, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Lamorinda, California.   3, 4. submitted on July 8, 2022.

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