The Iron Dragon Gate
Finca Güell (Barcelona)
Barcelona (Spain) is famous for the buildings of the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi. His cathedral La Sagrada Familia, which
was never finished, is known all over the world. However, only few visitors pay attention to a small
estate which he errected for his friend and patron Eusebi Güell in 1884-87.
Its entrance is secured by an iron gate consisting of a pattern of rectangular
plates in its lower part surmounted by a dragon. This gate is five meters
wide, but has only one wing! It is fixed to a single door-post
approximately 10 meters high. Any conventional symmetrical gate of
the same size would be oppressing. Not so the iron dragon.
This creature with its mouth open showing sharp teeth should protect the gardens of the
estate, just as a winged dragon protected the garden of three lovely nymphs in Greek mythology.
Whenever you open the door the dragon will raise his leg and show his fearsome claws.
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