Güell Park

The entrance to Güell Park, a failed development for residents to live in a garden or parklike setting in Barcelona, Spain. Commissioned by Antoni Gaudi's patron Eusebi Güell, the park has become a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The tile-covered dragon or salamander at the entrance of Güell Park presents a popular photo opportunity for tourists.

The Hypostyle Room features mosaic tile centerpieces by Gaudi that symbolize the seasons. The work exemplifies Gaudi's mastery of trencadis, or broken pieces of ceramic reassembled to create a mosaic.

The Güell Park overlooking Barcelona.

The colonnade, which supports a viaduct over a footpath, features stone masonry columns angled to resist structural loads in compression only.

The footpath and masonry vaulted ceiling.

Another example of the carefully angled structural columns.

The central terrace over the park entrance features a serpentine bench with a drainage system that collects water in a cistern.

The bench comprises colorful mosaics assembled in the method of trencadis.

Josef Maria Jujol, Gaudi's assistant, incorporated ceramic disks leftover from the renovation of the Mallorca Cathedral.

Handpainted kitchen tiles incorporated in the serpentine bench.

A roadside glimpse of the interminable construction of La Sagrada Familia.

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