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The Guell landscape Park is one of the main attractions in Barcelona. It is located on the slope of the Bald mountain above Barcelona. The Park was designed on several levels by the great architect Antonio Gaudi. The famous houses in front of the Park have become symbols of Barcelona as well as the Sagrada Familia Cathedral.

Initially, Guell Park was developed as a constructive project. In 1901, a wealthy industrialist, Eusebi Guell, bought 15 hectares of land on a deserted hill called Bald mountain. He planned to divide this area into 62 plots and build them up with private mansions. Guell thought that many of the rich people of Barcelona wished to move to live near the city center, but at the same time in nature. He invited his friend, architect Antonio Gaudi, to design the entire garden-city project.

One house was built in the Park, as an sample of those mansions that were planned to build up the entire territory. Later, two more appeared. One was occupied by Guell himself, and the other by the lawyer Martin Trias y Domenech. In 1906, Gaudi himself moved to live in the sample house. He lived here until 1926. Since 1963, there was opened the House-Museum of the great Catalan.

Fortunately for the future of Barcelona, Guell`s commercial project was a complete fiasco. There were no one willing to buy these plots. The failure of the commercial project made it possible to preserve this territory as a public Park. Gaudi made it a masterpiece of Park Art. In 1984, Guell Park was included in the UNESCO world heritage list. Now it is visited by millions of tourists every year.

At the entrance to the Monumental zone of the Park, two gingerbread houses were built. It was completely decorated in the style of trencadis. One was for the gatekeeper, and the other was for the Park administration. Now they are symbols of Barcelona.

From the houses, a staircase goes up to the Monumental zone. On this staircase is the famous Salamander, and then the hall of the "Hundred Columns". In fact, it has 86 Doric columns. Thanks to the undulating ceiling, the hall has excellent acoustics.

Above the columns is a large Upper terrace, where the idea of Eusebi Güell were able to walk the residents of his village. This terrace is surrounded by the world`s longest bench in the shape of a sea serpent. Its length reaches 110 meters. This bench is decorated with beautiful patterns in the style of trencadis. Materials for decoration, broken glass, ceramics and rubble, Gaudi collected at all construction sites where he worked.

Around the Monumental Zone is the vast Park area of Guell Park. Access is free. Walking paths are located on several levels. There are galleries made in the form of ruins, beautiful bridges. Everything around is planted with flowers and ornamental trees.

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Two houses built by Gaudi, in front of the entrance to the Monumental area of the Park Guell, became symbols of Barcelona
The main entrance to the Monumental area of the Park Guell in Barcelona
The famous Salamander by Gaudi on the stairs in front of the entrance to the Monumental area of the Park Guell in Barcelona
The world`s longest bench (110 m) around the terrace in the Monumental area of the Park Guell in Barcelona
Patterns in the style of trencadis on a bench around the terrace in the Monumental area of the Park Guell in Barcelona
Antonio Gaudi lived in this house in the Park Guel in Barcelona for 20 years, now it is a Museum
The Guell Park area in Barcelona is all planted with decorative trees and flowers. Access to park zone is free
The walking alleys of the Guell Park zone are called Bird`s Nests because of these stone vases for agaves
Because of the steep slope of the mountain, Gaudi made two-level galleries in the Park zone of Guell in Barcelona
From the observation deck of the Guell Park you can enjoy a beautiful view of Barcelona
Hall of One Hundred Columns in the Monumental zone of the Park Guell in Barcelona
Walking galleries in the Monumental area of the Park Guell in Barcelona
Because of the pile of stones, these galleries in the Park Guel in Barcelona are called Birds ` Nests
Flower beds on walking paths in the Guell Park zone in Barcelona
Two-level galleries for walking in the Guel Park area in Barcelona
Decorative trees and flowers in the Guell Park in Barcelona
There are a lot of flowers in the Park Guell in Barcelona
The house of Gaudi in the Park Guell in Barcelona
Gaudi`s bedroom in his house in the Park Guell in Barcelona
Photo of Antonio Gaudi at the Gaudi house-museum in Park Guell in Barcelona
Photo in the Gaudi house-museum, how the Guell Park in Barcelona looked in the early 20th century
Furniture from the Casa Mila, designed personally by Antonio Gaudi in the house-museum of Gaudi in the Park Guel in Barcelona