Park Güell, Barcelona – Beauty in the Details

Located in the Gràcia district of Barcelona, Spain, Park Güell is a garden complex designed by the legendary Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí. The park contains amazing stone structures, vibrant tiling and large organic looking columns made from stone.

Gaudi worked on it between the years 1900 to 1914 but was never able to complete it due to a lack of funds. Today it is a muncipal garden and is the site of the Gaudi House Museum.

Listed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List since 1994, Park Güell is a well-preserved microcosm of the type of garden city idealized by urbanists at the end of the 19th century and typifies the free reign that Gaudi was given by his patrons in incorporating gardens, sculpture and decorative arts into his architecture.

You can see from this picture the Gaudi dragon fountain that is at the entrance to Guell park. This dragon is adorned in beautiful colored tiling and is a testament to the strong influence of natural shapes and organic feel on Gaudi’s work.