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Inauguration of the Gaudí Park of Alella

"Alella, in the Maresme region, famous for its wines, hosted Gaudí for 10 summer vacations, and he also left his mark there."

Alella.- The Gaudí Park, a public space promoted by the local town hall to pay homage to the illustrious architect Antoni Gaudí, was inaugurated in Alella on April 14. The park, designed by local architect Mr. Ribas, is a rest and play area for young and old. A sculpture by Pili Plaza has been installed, and the small monument to Gaudí that was dedicated in 1965 which until now had been located behind the Sant Feliu Parrish Church, has been moved.

The event, presided by the Mayor of Alella, featured the presence of the commissioner of the International Year of Gaudí, Mr. Daniel Giralt-Miracle, the conservator of the Cátedra Gaudí, Dr. Joan Bassegoda, and Mr. Vicenç Llorca of the regional government of Catalonia.

Several of the aforementioned personalities spoke. Dr. Bassegoda told of Gaudí's passage through Alella, and emphasized the interest of this town in the architect, having paid him homage as early as 1965. Later, Mr. Giralt-Miracle took the stage to express his gratitude to the Alella Town Hall for the initiative, and discussed the importance that the act of appearing from this time forward in catalogues and guides related to Gaudí will have for this town.

Thereafter two commemorative plaques were unveiled: one at the park, and the other at the house where Gaudí stayed during his visits to Alella, on Calle Anselmo Clavé (Carrer de Dalt). A bouquet of flowers was also placed at the latter site.

Jordi Martínez
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