Parc del Laberint d’Horta, Spain – Abandoned estate

The Parc del Laberint d’Horta (Horta’s Labyrinth Park) is the oldest garden in the city of Barcelona. Located on a former estate, the Parc and its famous labyrinth opened to the public in 1971; residents and visitors alike have enjoyed it ever since.

The Neoclassical section of the Parc is split into three terrace levels. 1) the lower terrace dominated by the labyrinth, which gives the park its name. 2) the middle terrace, which has replicas of Roman temples and statues to an assortment of Roman gods. 3) the upper terrace dedicated to the muses. Additionally the Romantic Garden, a collection of flower beds, makes up the rest of the Parc.

In addition to the shrubbery and flowers, the garden also heavily features water, including ponds and streams that run through the tiers and the Romantic Garden.

Does some of this already look somewhat familiar to you? Well it may be that you have watched the film Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (Original: Das Parfum). The Labyrinth scene is especially powerful in the film; it was shot here!

The film's poster is dominated by the dark silhouette of a naked woman standing against a brightly lit black background with her back facing towards the camera. The top left quarter of her back, from her lower back to her left shoulder, has been digitally altered to deteriorate gradually into a bevy of bright red rose petals.
The Parc, especially the Labyrinth, was used in this film.

While somewhat far from the centre of Barcelona, it is definitely worth the visit. The Parc also merges into the Parc Natural de la Serra de Collserola (Natural Park of the Serra de Collserola [Serra = a series of mountains or tall hills)at the upper end, so you could make a full day trip to include hiking around the largest metropolitan park in the world.

The Parc is free (gratis/gratuit/no money needed) to enter on Wednesdays and Sundays. Otherwise the general entrance is €2.23 (there are also concession tickets for seniors, etc). The Parc can be reached by both bus (a few lines stop near the park) and metro (L3 – Mundet), both of which stop just short of its entrance.

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