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Things to do in Park Güell

By Erin R, February 2013

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From panoramic views, to colorful tiled terraces, when it comes to sights in Barcelona, Spain, Park Güell is undoubtedly one of the city’s most iconic destinations.

Built between 1900 and 1914, Park Güell was originally meant to be the site of a housing development. Unsuccessful, it instead became the park you see today, designed by the famous Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí.

To the right of the Gaudí-designed Gingerbread house-like entrance, you will in fact find Guadí’s home, a remnant of the original park plan. Designed by Francesc Berenguer i Mestres, the house was initially built as a pilot to promote the purchase of plots in the would-be neighborhood. Instead, Gaudí designed the park, and ended up living in one of the homes, which is now a museum.

Also near the entrance is one of Barcelona’s most famous images: the dragon fountain. The colorful salamander sits mouth agape, as it appears to crawl down the middle of the staircase.

Editor’s Note: This recommendation was taken from our Barcelona Things to Do blog. Visit the original post to continue reading the full post and to learn more about things to do in Barcelona.

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