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Flag of CataloniaBarcelona - Güell Park and Horta

From the Plaça de Lesseps From the Plaça de Lesseps in Gracia, Güell Park can be reached via the Travessera de Dalt and the Plaça Sanllehí. This famous park, built by Gaudí, stands on Carmel Hill from where there is a magnificent view out across the city and the sea. The financier Eusebi Güell wanted to make a city garden there but only a small part of it was actually built. The lower section of the park is surrounded by a wall that is decorated with coloured roofs in the purest Gaudí style. Leaving behind the little square located here we go up a curious flight of steps where there is a fountain flowing out of the mouth of a large toad. At the end of the steps we find the amazing "hall of 100 Columns" (in fact there are only 80) on whose ceiling can be seen real "collages" consisting of the most varied of objects, including pieces of broken plate, china dolls, glasses and glass bottles, etc. Above this hall is the square that is fringed with undulating benches - yet another of the artistic discoveries on the part of this architect of genius. The containing wall in the upper part of the square seems to be inspired by the texture of the trunks of palm trees.

Near here we have the Gaudí Museum which contains plans, photographs, furniture and many objects related to the park and to the architect's life. Of further interest is the road which winds up over the most imaginative bridges, as if in an enchanted world, until it reaches a promontory crowned by three crosses. The Plaça de Lesseps is reached by taking the Travessera de Dalt once again. From here we take the Avinguda de l´Hospital Militar, and, passing through the picturesque Vallcarca district, come to the Passeig de la Vall d´Hebron. Access to several interesting sites is possible on the left hand side at the foot of the mountain. For example, there is the Church of Sant Genís dels Agudells, the "Hogares Mundet" (an Old Peoples Home), the ultramodern cycle track, and especially "El laberint" - an estate with several buildings, outside staircases, sculptures and other installations dating from the 18C and 19C, set in the middle of a large park. There is also a maze made from cypress trees for the delight of both young and old.

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