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Park Guell

Parc Güell is a garden complex with architectural elements situated on the hill of El Carmel in the Gràcia[?] district of Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. It was designed by the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí and built in years 1900-1914. It is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

The Park was originally part of a commercially unsuccessful housing site. It has been converted into a municipal garden (nearest metro stops Vallcarca and Lesseps).

The design of the Park is clearly the work of an architect and Gaudí's unique style is also easily distinguishable. Wavy, lava-like shapes, at places tree-like or in form of Doric columns or stalactites, all lavishly decorated with ornaments of broken ceramic fragments.

Although it sounds unlikely, the place is skillfully designed and composed to bring the peace and calm that one would expect from a park. The buildings, though very original and remarkable, are relatively (remembering other Gaudí buildings) inconspicuous. They have fantastically shaped roofs with unusual pinnacles. The focal point of the park is the main terrace, surrounded by a long bench in the form of a sea serpent.

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