This walk follows, in reverse, the route taken by St Severus of Barcelona in his martyrdom and subsequent reburial. Now, there are as many versions of this story as there are beans in the field. The oldest I've seen is by Lorenzo de Padilla, a 16th century Andalusian monk employed by the Emperor Charles to collect, embroider and invent a suitably illustrious and pious past for the Spanish nation. Here's a précis:
The mysterious Dacian is persecuting the Christians of Barcelona, presumably during the reign of Diocletian (284-305). Bishop Severus, seeing his flock diminish and/or fearing for his future, leaves one night for the nearby settlement of Castrum Octavianum or Cucufato, now Sant Cugat. There must have been a full moon, because he encounters the Christian Emeterius planting beans, and tells him to tell the soldiers which way he has taken, because after all he is not averse to martyrdom. Dacian's men find Emeterius wondering at how in a moment his beans have grown, flowered, and fruited. Betraying himself as a Christian, he leads them to Severus. The soldiers transport them and four other clerics to the prison, where they strip them and scourge them with lead rods. This not sufficing to encourage them to return to paganism, all but Severus are beheaded, the Romans knowing that his conversion will send a signal to the whole county. Severus is unmoved, so they bang a nail into his head. At this point it appears they are no longer in the prison, for they leave him for dead and return to Barcelona to report to Dacian. Local Christians are also informed and find Severus, who blesses them before dying. He and his companions are buried here and later moved to the monastery of Sant Cugat.
Truth, or a cunning combination of Jack and the beanstalk, various nail-afflicted saints, and Severus of Ravenna, all projected onto the genuine 7th century Severus of Barcelona, who is not known to have died a violent death?
|Base||Barcelona (Meeting point information here, where relevant - make sure you have the right one!)|
|Location tags||Barcelona, Camp Nou, Catalonia, Collserola, Sant Cugat, Tibidabo,|
|Theme tags||archaeology, architecture, gastronomy, history, literature, nature,|
|Your guide(s)||Mr Baldie|
|Walking distance||16 km / 9.94 miles|
|Walking time||4.15 hr|
|Total return travel time from base to walk||0.45 hr|
|Total time from "hello" to "goodbye"||5.22 hr|
|Fiestas and markets in places we go through - combine a walk and some partying or shopping!||
Note that there are also events in most places on January 6 (Three Kings), Carnival, Easter, April 23 (St George), June 23 (St John), and September 11 (Catalan regional/national day)
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