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10/08 - We visited the Park Guell. Gaudi intended this 30-acre garden to be a 60-residence
housing project. As a high-income housing development, it flopped; but as a park, it's a delight!
It is modeled on an English garden, so named "Park" in English. We walked inside the park for
several hours before joining hoards of other tourists who were admiring the mosaic-covered
buildings and benches. This was the first site we've visited in Barcelona that felt
overrun by tourists - can't imagine what it would be like in summer!
ABOVE left - Along the "pathway of columns" that support a long arcade.
There must be at least one hundred of these and their design is inspired by nature.
ABOVE middle - View of the city from the park.
ABOVE right - One of a few houses in the park - most that Gaudi envisioned here were never built.
ABOVE - Hill of "Tres Cruces" (three crosses). Nice view of the entire city from here
The focal point of the park is the main terrace, surrounded by a long bench in the form of a sea serpent.
The curves of the serpent bench form a number of enclaves, creating a more social atmosphere.
ABOVE - Colorful mosaic benches around the edge of the terrace - all designed
ergonomically to fit your body. Never-ending colors and designs.
BELOW - One of the two gingerbread houses that flank the entrance.
The roof and sides are covered in colorful mosaics
ABOVE and BELOW - A view of the undulating benches that surround the terrace.
There was no way to get a photo to show the entirety of the bench but there had
to be several hundred contiguous feet of mosaic tiled benches on this terrace.
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.
BELOW middle - Lots of flowers and trees in this park. It is very popular
with locals especially since there are few parks/green spaces in Barcelona.
BELOW right - Judith in the "Hall of 100 Columns"
BELOW - "Hall of 100 Columns" designed to house a produce market for the neighborhood's
60 mansions. The columns are all different, made from concrete and rebar,
topped with colorful ceramic ceilings, studded with broken bottles and bric-a-brac.
BELOW left - This house with a blue & white mosaic steeple
was actually Gaudi's home for 20 years.