On Saturday afternoon, we took a stroll around the center of Burgos and visited the Burgos Cathedral. To get there, we had to walk a little along the Arlanzón River that runs through the center of Burgos. It was a beautiful day and a wonderful walk. I now invite you to walk along with us with this slightly picture-heavy post.
A panorama from the edge of the river.
A vertical panorama containing both of the previous two images. Check out the Stars of David, with an apostle at each of the clock positions. It’s not an accident that smallest number that divides evenly by the first four positive integers was chosen for both of those.
This horrible figurine looking down at the entrance inside the cathedral is called Papamoscas. It’s very, very IWUS. Some middle-aged American women were gazing up at it taking photographs, and one of them said, “I’m pretty sure that’s the devil himself!” Trying to be as unhelpful as possible, as usual, I leaned over to them and said, “No, that’s the joker from a deck of cards.” They totally believed me. The wikipedia page, unfortunately, doesn’t answer any “What?” or “Why?” or “WTF?” questions, only “When?” It just says that there has been a figure there since at least the 16th century, and that the old one was replaced with the current one in the 18th century.
Oh, and did I mention that it opens its mouth with each bell strike on the hour? Thus, catching flies and earning its name, Papamoscas, which means “Fly Daddy”. I was expecting more of a nutcracker kind of mouth opening, but instead it was very subtle. We waited out twenty minutes (as you could have deduced) to see it in action. I’ve looped two photos to show the movement in this movie: