If you are planning a trip to Spain for your holiday this year, then why not visit the Cat’s House Museum in Lloret de Mar? Lloret de Mar is a beautiful seaside town, just 60 km from Barcelona and it is the home of a unique museum which was opened in August 2002. The museum houses the private collection of its founders, Vera Novoselova and Alexander Gvozdev.
The museum is comprised of six halls within a three storey house near the Lloret’s central quay and the town hall. The collection includes more that 6000 exhibits from many different countries. On display are feline portraits, pictures, painted walls, ceramics, porcelain, glass, wood, and cats made of silver, gold, minerals, ivory, cats-bells, cats-clocks, cats-coin boxes, and much more!
The museum’s artefacts date from 18th Century to those of the present day. The owners invite their cat-loving visitors to explore the changing relationship between man and the cat over many eras, through the museum’s many and varied exhibits. There are cat works of art fashioned from every fabric and material imaginable on display; ceramic, porcelain, glass, crystal, stone, metal, wood, paintings and drawings.
The Festival of Cats – The First International Festival “Catalunia – the Country of Lunar Cats”
If you were lucky enough to be in Spain between the 27 February - 1 March then you could have taken part in the ‘Festival of Cats’. This festival was organised by the government of Lloret de Mar, together with the Spanish Tourism company, “Novovira” and the “Cat’s House Museum”. There were competitions of paintings, caricatures, musicians, photographs, videos, works of art, fancy dress and jewellery. Prizes of 300- 500 euros were awarded to the winners, together with ‘Gold and Silver Cat Awards’.
Vera explains about the changing attitudes towards cats over the centuries, on the museum’s website, “In Egypt, 5000 years ago, cats were considered as sacred and inviolable animals. If anybody killed a cat the only possible punishment was death. The Egyptians thought that after a Pharaoh’s death his soul moved to a cat’s body, that is why they made mummies of cats to share the Pharaohs afterlives.
However, 3300 years later, during the Middle Ages, cats were no longer considered to be man’s friends. Indeed, they were regarded as servants of the Devil, representing dark forces. The most unlucky and despised were the owners of black cats. Many of them finished their lives on the fires of inquisition and burnt at the stake. Yet, during this same era there was one place where cats fared much better - the city of Venice. In Venice there was plenty of grain and water and consequently… plenty of mice! During Middle Age Venice, a good ‘mouser’ was worth its weight in gold. The Venetian peoples’ esteem for the cat persists today at carnival time as cat masks are the most favoured!
In Thailand (formerly Siam) there still exists today, two temples where cats are considered to be saints, with Buddhist lamas serve them. An age-old custom continues today - when a king is going to be crowned he is obliged to hold a cat in his hands.
In Europe the attitude towards these fluffy and cosy animals began to change in the 18th century, when white Angora cats appeared in the French king’s palace as Cardinal Richelieu left all his money to his fourteen cats!
In the 19th century this love between man and cats grew, as cats came to share our homes with us, finding their way into our hearts and souls.”
Arranging a visit
The Museum is open every daily except Sundays, between 10am-1.30pm and 5pm–8pm. Entry to the museum costs just 3 euros (children under five-years-old are free). There are special rates for groups of 20 people or more and guided tours in English are available. If you wish to book a visit, arrangements can be made to open the museum at any time to suit you.
For more information, please contact:
The Cat Museum, c/ San Albert, 10, 17310, Lloret de Mar (Girona), Spain.
Tel.: (34) 649 904 129, 972 366266 - Fax: (34) 972 368536
E-mail: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org - web: www.catsmuseum.com