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Park Güell

Originally intended as a housing development project for the elite of Barcelona, Park Güell was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984 and now stands among the top tourist attractions in the city. Origins of Park Güell Antoni Gaudí had a long working relationship with the Catalan industrialist Eusebi Güell prior to beginning work on Park Güell. The […]

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Torre Bellesguard

Most visitors to Barcelona have heard of Antoni Gaudí’s iconic works, such as Casa Mila, Casa Batlló, La Sagrada Família and Palau Güell. The lesser known Torre Bellesguard, still privately owned and lived in, sits in the exclusive Sarrià-Sant Gervasi neighborhood, perched in the upper reaches of the city. The name Bellesguard, meaning ‘beautiful view’ in Catalan, is said to have come […]

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Pavellons de la Finca Güell

The Porta del Drac (Dragon’s Gate) used to be the private entrance for the Güell family. Industrialist Eusebi Güell owned an estate in the Les Corts district with a Caribbean-style mansion called Torre Satalia, which is situated roughly where the Palau Reial de Pedralbes now stands. Güell contracted Antoni Gaudí to remodel the entrance lodges and gardens for the estate. […]

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Plaça Reial

Plaça Reial (Royal Square), honoring King Ferdinand VII, is situated in the heart of the Gothic Quarter, next to La Rambla. It was completed in 1848 and was formerly the site of a convent. Confiscated in 1835, the convent was one of several destroyed along La Rambla as a result of laws that forced the Church […]

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