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Parc Gell

Gaud's mosaic work on the main terrace

The focal point of the park is the main terrace, surrounded by a long bench in the form of a sea serpent. To design the curvature of the bench surface Gaud used the shape of buttocks left by a naked workman sitting in wet clay. The curves of the serpent bench form a number of enclaves, creating a more social atmosphere. Gaud incorporated many motifs of Catalan nationalism, and elements from religious mysticism and ancient poetry, into the Park. The visitor was originally greeted by two life-size mechanical gazelles (a major euphemistic symbol of 'the young beloved' in the Hebrew strand of the medieval love poetry of the region), but these have since been lost during the turbulence of war.

Park Gell is one of the achievements of the Catalan architect Antoni Gaud in Barcelona found on the World Heritage List of UNESCO. It was built between 1900 and 1914.
This would cause a city's patron, Eusebi Gell, asked him to build on a hill south of the city (El Caramel). Modeled on English (his original name was Park Gell Parque Gell and not), it would include a chapel and a total of 60 houses. But the cost increased to such an extent that only two houses were completed and the park. The latter became the property of the city of Barcelona in 1922. He became one of the busiest spots in town.
Gaud sought to preserve the natural terrain and giving free rein to his imagination gave birth to an original work in all curves. True to his style, he created a work that fits the nature and reproduces, columns simulating paths such as tree trunks.
Up the main staircase with the dragon fountain, symbol of alchemy and the fire is the pillared hall. This room, also known as Room 100 columns, although only 86 have been completed, is located in the central park. Originally, Gaudi had designed to accommodate a market.

The square is bordered by a bench which undulates like a snake than 150 meters long. This bench is remarkable: sitting in a loop, it is safe and we see her neighbors in an intimate space, while having a view of the rest of the bench. Sitting at the end of the meander, it opens the world of the square, ready to meet people.

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