A walk around Park Güell will reveal a fantastic collection of Gaudi creations, including the famous dragon which has become a symbol of Barcelona. This typical mosaic style can be seen all around the park. Gaudi´s collaborator, the architect Josep Maria Jujol, created much of the ceramic work himself, adding his signature and religious text to the pieces that went into the park. This fact was only recently discovered in 1964. The snake-like benches at the top of the park and the medallions on the ceiling of the ´Hall of a Hundred Columns´ are examples of his work. (These columns are hollow, and are part of the inventive drainage system of the park.)
There is a fantastic view of the city from the main arena where the benches are, and the walkway to this place is supported by tree-like pillars that seems to grow out of the ground like trees. Those of you with an eye for detail will notice the use of recycled everyday objects used in the mosaic decoration along the way, such as teacups and plates. At the beginning of the 20th century this kind of approach was quite new, and was inspired by the economic practice of cladding buildings with waste tiles.
The park was commissioned by Eusebi Güell, as a place to be enjoyed by the Barcelona aristocracy. Now of course everyone can enjoy it. The original intention was to create a housing complex, or ´garden city´, and you can see some of these houses throughout the park.
The house in which Antoni Gaudi lived is in the park, and this is now a museum that visitors can look around. Close to this is the colourful dragon sculpture, that everyone who visits the park should have their photo taken next to as a souvenir.