This Magnet Depicts the Lovely Gatehouse of Barcelona's Historic Park Güell
Rising above the Eixample neighborhood of Barcelona – the center of the city's famous Art Nouveau architecture – is Park Güell, covering the top of El Carmel hill. The Park was built for the wealthy Güell family as the centerpiece for a planned housing development, but is today a public park. It is world-renowned as an example of the architectural work of Antoni Gaudí, the city's most famous architect and the father of the style known as Modernisme. Visitors enter between two fantastically-shaped gatehouses (one of which is the theme of this magnet). His playful designs litter the park, including a famous tile-covered salamander sculpture called “El Drac” (the Dragon), sinuous benches and whimsical pathways, arches and colonnades.
From Housing Development to World Famous Public Park
While the plan for the housing development was never fully realized Gaudí did eventually come to inhabit the park, living in a house - ironically not of his own design - in its heart. Today it is a museum (the aptly named “Gaudí House Museum”) dedicated to his work, with a number of pieces of furniture and interior decoration of his design. Perhaps the Park's most popular spot, however, is the main terrace, where visitors can look out over the city, including the hill of Montjüic – where the 1992 Olympic Games were held – the city's business district, the famous Sagrada Família Church, the city's port and, beyond it, the Mediterranean Sea. Other nearby sites include the glamorous Passeig de Gràcia avenue, the Illa de la Discòrdia (the “Block of Discord”) named for its jarring concentration of wild Modernisme houses, and the Sagrada Família itself.