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The Girona lioness

La lleona, segona meitat del segle XIII - finals segle XIV. Pedra de Girona, 372 × 46 × 38 cm. Carrer dels Calderers, Girona. Museu d'Srt de Girona - Fons d'Art Diputació de Girona.

La lleona, segona meitat del segle XIII - finals segle XIV. Pedra de Girona, 372 × 46 × 38 cm. Carrer dels Calderers, Girona. Museu d'Srt de Girona - Fons d'Art Diputació de Girona.

This sculpture was found adjoining a former old hostel on Carrer dels Calderers, the way into the city for travellers from France. For many years, foreigners entering the city were warned: ‘Nobody can claim to be a citizen of Girona without kissing the lioness’s backside’. Hence the fact that from the 1980s onwards this became a habitual gesture on the part of visitors to the city.

A copy was made in 1986and placed in front of the Church of Sant Feliu, while the one that stands there now dates from 1995.

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