Parc Güell


Gaudí began this idiosyncratic park as a real-estate venture for a friend, the well-known Catalan industrialist Count Eusebi Güell, but it was never completed. The city took over the property in 1926 and turned it into a public park. Gaudí completed several of the public areas, which today look like a surrealist Disneyland, complete with a mosaic pagoda and a lizard fountain spitting water. Gaudí planned to make this a model community of 60 dwellings, arranged somewhat like a Greek theater. A central grand plaza was built above a market, as well as a undulating bench decorated with ceramic fragments.
excerpt from
Frommer's 2000 Spain

15 September 2001

Highest point in
the park

Parc Guell Monument




Parc Guell Monument Closeup


Windblown Shelly

Parc Guell Monument Shelly




Parc Guell House



Parc Guell House Closeup

porticoed stone pathway

Parc Guell Porticoed Stone Pathway

Shelly,
along the pathway

Parc Guell Porticoed Stone Pathway Shelly

rooftop

Parc Guell Rooftop Closeup




Parc Guell Sculpture

ceramic mosaic
dragon

Parc Guell Dragon

Norman w/dragon

Parc Guell Norman




Parc Guell

One of the few completed
houses

Parc Guell Pavilion




Parc Guell Pavilion




Parc Guell Pavilions


stairs leading into the park

Parc Guell Stairs


serpentine bench

Parc Guell Serpentine Bench

Shelly, relaxing for a
moment

Parc Guell Serpentine Bench Shelly


Park entrance, and houses

Parc Guell View From Serpentine Bench


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