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Parc Güell is a mosaic garden complex with architectural elements situated on the hill of El Carmel in the Gràcia district of Barcelona. It was designed by the modernist Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí and built in the years 1900 to 1914. It is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site "Works of Antoni Gaudí".
The unique shape of the serpentine bench enables the people sitting on it to converse privately, although the square is large. The bench is tiled and in order to dry up quickly after it rains, and to stop people from sitting in the wet part of the bench, small bumps were installed by Gaudí.
In the background you can see the famous “Gaudi Cross” embedded on the rose window of one of the two buildings at the entrance to the Park.
Park Güell was commissioned by Eusebi Güell who wanted to create a stylish park for Barcelona aristocracy. The Park Guell was formed with the joining of two areas "Can Muntaner de Dalt" and "Can Coll i Pujol", in the "Muntanya Pelada" (today muntanya del Caramel), purchased by Count Güell the year 1899. Gaudi conceived as a religious sense at the same time as organic and urban, and using the 60 meters of gap which has the mountain (the height ranges between 150 and 210 meters respect the sea) to project a path of spiritual elevation, placing in its top a chapel, but it was never built, in place that currently holds the monument to Calvary (or Turó de les tres creus). With Gaudi worked some of his more common colleagues, Josep Maria Jujol, Francesc Berenguer, Joan Rubió and Llorenç Matamala. The works were made by contractor Josep Casanovas i Pardo.
The park contains amazing stone structures (see below), stunning tiling and fascinating buildings. You will also find there the Gaudí dragon fountain that is at the entrance to Güell park. This dragon is adorned in beautiful coloured tiling and there is something rather hypnotic and magical about it.

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  • Copyright: Arunava Ghose (Highmountains) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 278 W: 37 N: 570] (2255)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2012-06-15
  • Categories: Architecture, Artwork
  • Exposure: f/6.3, 1/320 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2012-10-10 2:45
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