Park Guell - Plaça, Barcelona, Spain, 2009

We all know who antoni Gaudi i Cornet is. He was already very well known and respected architect when around 1900 he joined forces with count Eusebi Guell to create commercial residential development on the rocky hill overlooking Barcelona. It was financially unsuccessful, only two houses were built and never sold, but what was finished was surrounding garden [Park Guell] and in the middle this gathering space – Plaça. It was designed with public and religious ceremonies in mind, it was a focal point of the park, with spectacular views. Central space is surrounded by long bench called sea serpent. Many motifs of Catalan nationalism, ancient poetry and religious mysticism are incorporated in mosaics created with Gaudi's fantastic imagination.Place is extremely popular with tourists [absolutely justified] very crowded and waiting for opportunity to make a photo on the bench can take hours.

Tip for visitors: Surrounding terrace on the upper level, with equally breathtaking view, accommodates little inexpensive cafe with usually short waiting time and in the pleasant shade of large palm trees. Observing everything happening on the square is supreme fun, we tried it and it is highly recommended.

Now visit the lower level of this plaça.

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sociability
10
ceremonial
x
uses & activities
10
religious
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access & linkages
10
social
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comfort
9
residential
x
image
10
court yard
x
tourist value
10
with park
x
total
59
street, shopping
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