Park Guell in Barcelona was created by Gaudi – Spain's famous maveric artist and architect. The Parc Guell area has recently been marked by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. It is without doubt Gaudi's most colorful and off beat creation.

Gaudi was commissioned in the 1890's by Count Eusebi Guell to design and build a garden city on about fifty acres of the Guell family land near to Barcelona. He came up with a grand plan for incredibly decorated buildings set in a landscape of unique looking gardens. Only a small segment of his dream became reality and the bit that can still be visited today was finished between 1910 and 1914. This of course echoes the long term building project that is the cathedral of Sagrada Familia – Gaudi's other great dream building.

Inside Parc Guell the most unique area is the Room of A Hundred Columns – a huge hall with crooked pillows supporting the roof. There are eighty four pillows in all and the room sparkles with pieces of cut glass and colored mosaics.

A climb to the top of a flight of steps bounded by fierce looking animal models takes you to the Gran Placa Circular. This is an open space with a bright colored balcony area and an intense long mosaic covered bench. This bench is serpent shaped and designed to allow those who sit on it to speak privately – even though the area around may be bustling and busy.

Near the entrance to the parc sits the Casa-Museu-Gaudi – a house that looks for all the world like a gingerbread house. Gaudi lived there for twenty years but ironically it was not designed or built by him – although there is no doubt that it follows his stylings. The internal works and art and the furniture was designed by the great man himself and the house now provides a pilgrimage point for those who enjoy and are entertained by his work.

Source by Gary Hill

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