What do you see in Park Güell?
The entrance area is meant to use as a buffer between the city and the inside of the exclusive complex. In addition to the Lizard on the entrance, there are also two small houses (that look like they were taken from a fairy tale), and the luxurious compound “The Hypostyle Hall” that was intended to protect the residents from the rain.
The Hypostyle Hall consists 86 columns inspired by the Doric. The roof is formed by small domes decorated with original ceramic mosaic panels by Josep M. Jujol.
Gaudi built the public areas of the park under the influence of Barcelona’s beaches, example for that are the stone benches built in the form of a snake which allow you to sit comfortably. Gaudi believed in the combination between architecture and nature, therefore the terraces, are built in a form of a tree, and they include birds nesting holes. For the same reason the villas were meant to fit into the natural landscape, and therefore are not standing out.
Nature Square (previously named “The Greek Theater”) was created in the purpose of enjoying great performances in the open air, which can be also seen from the terraces that surround it.
In the park there is also a small museum dedicated to Gaudi. The building used to serve as Gaudi’s residence while he was planning the park, and after his death the place was converted to a museum.