St Sebastian vandalised by removing his arrows

Or perhaps they just fell out – the anti-clerical fetishists, to the extent that they read at all, might have difficulty explaining their absence. Here’s the Catholic Encyclopedia: The Acts, probably written at the beginning of the fifth century and formerly ascribed erroneously to Ambrose, relate that he was an officer in the imperial bodyguard…
Saint Sebastian stands guard over the old road into Villafranca del Panadés from Cabañas and Granada.

Cost-cutting in the ancient world

Hera can no longer afford the dragon and has installed security cameras to stop the Hesperides stealing her golden apples. (Pomegranates, actually, which I believe some people also view as possible candidates. On this walk.)

Blonde virgins

Last week I snapped a Scandinavian blonde Maria in Vilafranca del Penedès. Joan Amades (El pessebre (1959)) tells us that, in Catalan nativity scenes, the Mother of God was always represented by a young, very white girl with hyper-perfect features, and that her whiteness is both traditional and proverbial (“white as a Mother of God”).…

Yet another (2D) pessebre

In Plaça Jaume I in Vilafranca del Penedès, with the Three Kings creeping up on a haute blonde Mary:

Playing hard to get

1st prize winner in Vilafranca del Penedès’ 4th annual cockerel competition, with admirer.