In 1900, Eusebi Güell i Bacigalupi commissioned his friend Antoni Gaudí to design and build the garden city of Parc Güell – which was to become Gaudí’s most colorful architectural creation. The park is very extensive, so it is easy to escape the hordes of people around the famous buildings. Colorful shards of tile and ceramic have been used to produce countless imaginative mosaics on the roofs of the pavilions, adding an eccentric charm to the whole park.
The real attraction is the Plaça de la Naturlesa – a huge terrace with a spectacular view down to the harbor. The sides of the square are lined with the famous snake bench. In the “Hundred Column Hall” below, many street musicians make the most of the excellent acoustics of the open hall. If you wander through the complex, you come across idyllic little arcades and, at the foot of the hill, the Gaudí Museum. This is where the artist lived for nearly 20 years, and in the church-like building, you can still admire today the extravagance and playfulness of the architect in many little details.
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