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Park Güell Mosaic Tiles Ceiling

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High above the city of Barcelona sits the oddly inspired Park Güell. Antoni Gaudi’s strangely psychedelic park is laid out on a hill above the Gracia district, and provides a relaxing escape from the bustle of Barcelona below. The large cross at the Park's high-point offers the most complete view of Barcelona and the bay. It is possible to view the main city in panaroma, with the Sagrada Família and the Montjuïc area visible at a distance.
Park Güell is the best and most famous example of Art Nouveau landscape-architecture has been designated a UNESO World Heritage Site.

Park Güell was originally commissioned as a private housing estate of sixty dwelling for Gaudi’s patron, Don Eusebio Guell. In the end, however, only two houses were ever built and the area was subsequently opened as a public park in 1922.

The serpentine bench at Guell Park that encircles the main ground is one of the most unique features of this Alice in Wonderland-like park. Set with mosaic tiles, the serpentine bench at Guell Park provides a resting place around the main ground.

But the serpentine bench at Guell Park is among the milder features in an array of hallucinatory fixtures that includes gingerbread gatehouses topped with red and white wild mushrooms, pavilions of contorted stone, a vast hall of columns, and the coup de grace, a giant decorative lizard.

Plan on taking a half day to visit this Barcelona attraction. It can be reached by underground railway (remember if you take the metro to Park Guell, be ready to make the 20-minute hill climb to the entrance), or by regular buses, or by commercial tourist buses. While entrance to the Park is free, Gaudí's house — containing furniture that he designed — can be only visited for an entrance fee.

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