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Decoration

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Decorative elements for the gardens of the Güell Estate
(1884-1885)
Avinguda Diagonal. Barcelona

As well as reforming the family house and designing the boundary wall and entry pavilions for the gardens of Eusebi Güell’s estate at Les Corts and Sarrià, Antoni Gaudí designed some decorative and leisure elements and oversaw the planting of Mediterranean trees and shrubs. The architect also built two lookout sites at the estate boundary wall and on the roof of the house, a pergola with iron parabolas, and two fountains, one dedicated to Santa Eulàlia and the other to Hercules. To these must be added the oriental temple built in 1881 for the gardens of the Comillas villa of Antoni López, who moved to the Güell estate in 1883. Except for the Hercules fountain which is still extant, all these pieces were destroyed in the first third of the 20th century during works on the Palau Reial estate, when a coach house constructed by Gaudí inside the gardens was also destroyed. 

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