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Located in the Gràcia district is Parc Güell which was designed by the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí and was built between 1900 and 1914. It was initially planned as a housing development for the rich, however, the project was a commercial failure and so abandoned and the park fell into the hands of the government. It was converted into a municipal garden which today is home to one of the longest benches in the world, as well as one of the main icons of Barcelona, Gaudí’s multicoloured mosaic dragon which welcomes visitors at the entrance of the park.

Park Güell is another modernist emblem of the city. It is surrounded by a wall and there are two small houses located at the entrance which were the former houses of the caretakers of the park. A staircase divided by the famous dragon leads to a chamber with 86 stone columns. These columns support the Plaça Gran del parque situated above the chamber. This area is without doubt the focal point of the park as it offers spectacular views of the city, as well as being home to the famous bench that snakes the whole way round the outside of the gallery.

Some of the most important features in the park are the bird’s nests which form part of the terrace walls, not to mention Gaudí’s house which is made of multicoloured mosaics. Entrance to the park is free.

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