This popular spot in Park Güell was originally known as the Greek Theatre, but has since been renamed the Plaça de la Natura.
Gaudi’s original plan for this large open area (the clue is in the name), was the staging of open-air shows that could be watched from the surrounding terraces. The large square, created partly by digging into the rock in this hilly part of town, sits on top of the hypostyle room. The tiled benches curve around one side of the would-be-stage, covered with an intricate tile mosaic designed by Josep M. Jujol. These much-loved seats are now used more for gazing out at the view across the city, than for looking into the square. Whilst their purpose has changed, their beauty remains.
Copyright Debbie Smyth, 11 July 2019
Posted as part of July Squares