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Pabellones de la Finca Güell

There be dragons here

Entrance to the Pabellons de la Finca Güell

Just behind the park of the Palau de Pedralbes is a fence and gate guarded by one of Gaudí’s first and most formidable ironworks, the Pedralbes Dragon (1884). For once this isn’t St George’s victim, but that of another Catalan hero — Barcelona’s ‘founder’ Hercules — as described by the national poet Jacint Verdaguer in his epic L’Atlàntida, which guards the golden apples of the Hesperides, symbolised by the orange tree on the right-hand post.

Pavellons de la Finca Güell (Barcelona)

Spanning 18ft, the dragon writhes across the gate, whips its scaly tail, baring long, pointy teeth (originally it actually would snap its jaws when the gate was opened).

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Text © Dana Facaros & Michael Pauls

Images by Enric, Jaume Meneses, Morgaine