The procession of the rats capital. 13th centuryYour model is disabled. For more details go to Edit properties3D Model
Carved relief on an abacus of the cloister of the cathedral of Tarragona, known as “The procession of the rats”. Mid-13th century. The relief, due to his originality and its narrative and anecdotal treatment, has been described as exceptional and the most popular throughout the cathedral.
The legend: There was a noble palace in Tarragona that was full of rats that no one could get rid of. The nobleman held a banquet at which the King was the most important guest. The rats appeared at once, scared the guests and ate all the food. The nobleman, searched high and low for the best ‘rat catching’ cat in the county. The cat decided on a plan to play dead and laid on the floor with his paws facing upwards. When the rats saw this, they decided to make a funeral procession using a ladder and bury him. The cat, saw that all the rats where gathered around him, jumped up and ate them all. The nobleman was so happy that he promised the cat to engrave the story in stone.