Created in the 17th century, this farm were acquired by the Güell family in 1862. It's Joan Martorell who was in charge of the renovation of this 30 000m2 area, thus, he created a small palace with an Italian style, a Gothic-style Chapel and some magnificent gardens. Some years later, the building remodeling was given to Antoni Gaudí who worked on the surrounding of the palace. He created a nice area with two fountains, a pergola, plenty of Mediterranean plants... The Hercules fountain restored in 1983 still can be seen, it has a bust of Hercules on the top, a catalan shape on the bottom and a Chinese dragon as a water cannon.
Lesser known Gaudi works
Created in 1714, the Ciutadella was a fortress built for Felip V to control the city during the war of the Spanish succession. For the Catalans, this Ciutadella was the icon of the Central government therefore, in 1870 the Ciutadella were demolished and a park were created for the 1888 World Fair.
In the end of 1886, a fire completely destroyed the Episcopal Palace of Astorga. The former Bishop Grau decided to ask his friend Gaudí to construct a new episcopal seat right next to the cathedral.
The relationship between Grau and Gaudí began years earlier when the bishop, inaugurated the chapel with the altar designed by Gaudí. That construction of Palacio Episcopal de Astorga took six years from 1889-1893. During this time, Gaudí had a very good relationship to bishop Grau as he traveled often to Astorga.
In Léon (Spain) we can find another building which the famous architect Antonio Gaudí built. It is one of only three buildings which he constructed outside of Catalonia. The name of it is Casa Botines (Casa de los Botines), this nickname comes from the last name of the company's former owner, Joan Homs i Botinàs.
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