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Nativity Façade
Nativity Façade
Nativity Façade
UPPER SECTION
OF THE PORTAL OF CHARITY


The holy trinity
THE HOLY TRINITY


The highest point of the Portal of Charity and of the entire Nativity façade (except for the bell towers) is a symbol of the Holy Trinity. It consists of a cross made up of several elements: at the very top, a dove symbolizing the Holy Spirit; below, a Tau cross (a cross with three arms), the colour of blood, representing Jesus Christ; and, embracing this Tau, another gold cross that represents God the Father holding his crucified Son. It is a new representation of the theme of the Throne of Grace, which has a long-standing iconographic tradition.
The cypress
THE CYPRESS


Standing above several symbols of the Eucharist, the Portal of Christian Love or Charity is crowned with a cypress tree surrounded by white doves. The cypress, a long-lived evergreen associated with hallowed ground since ancient times, symbolizes the eternal love of Christ. In Catalonia, the cypress is planted as a sign of welcome in local farmhouses.

At the foot of the cypress are two ladders evoking Jacob's ladder. Behind the tree, a bridge connects two bell towers.
The pelican
THE PELICAN


Above a crown and an egg with the Christogram (JHS), a pelican feeds its two chicks. This allegory of the Eucharist, of medieval origin, is based on an even older legendary image of the pelican. It was believed that a female pelican could feed her young with her own blood; thus its association with the sacrifice of Christ..