Photographer's Note

About the photo:

This is a stitch of 3 vertical shots. I could have obtained a much similar image with a single shot, but I thought that maybe the use of thinner vertical shots would make the perspective easier to do correct in PP, because I had to use a low POV and a very short focal length. I am not sure if I was right. 8-( Anyway, I am glad I shot for stitching because I had forgotten the ISO set at 400 with "high gain up", which I suppose means ISO 800 or more in my old toy, and that means nasty grain. The higher definition brought by the stitch may have been useful to make the disguise of grain easier.

I had 4 shots to choose from, but I only used 3 and probably 2 would have been enough, at least if I had used less overlap.

The low POV exaggerates the perspective, of course, but the church really looks unusually tall and slender.

About the church and the saint with the same name:

As usual with these very old churches, while most of the actual building was built in the 14th century in Gothic style, the façade is from the 18th century and there was a Romanesque church at the same place, which some believe to have succeeded an earlier church that lay on the top of a Christian cemetery of Roman times. Supposedly, Saint Felix (Sant Feliu in Catalá, the native language of Catalonia) was buried in that cemetery. Now his tomb is inside the church.

Saint Felix was a Christian martyr who lived and was killed in Girona in 304 AD. Most sources refer him as a companion of the perhaps more famous Saint Cucuphas, who was martyred in Barcelona also in 304. Those sources put the origin of both in the nowadays Tunisia, at the time a Roman possession, and they were among the first Christian preachers in Spain. Other sources put him as companion of another saint of Girona, Saint Narcissus, who was supposedly the first bishop of the town and who has his tomb also in this church.

As far as I could know, Saint Felix was the patron saint of Girona until at least the 14th century. Incidentally, this photo was shot in the eve of his feast. The actual patron saint of Girona is - guess who - Saint Narcissus.

WS: A view of the spire from the staircase of the cathedral, where I also took my previous post of Girona.

Link to all my posts of Girona: ***

Location (latitude, longitude): 41.9881,2.8244. View in: Googlemaps, Live Search (the latter has an interesting feature called 'bird view').

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