14 May, Tuesday
Occupying the top terrace in Parc del Laberint d’Horta, the oldest park in Barcelona, the Pavilion of Carlos IV is renowned for featuring two friezes – one dedicated to the arts and sciences, and the other, to war and peace. It is crowned by a statue of Apollo (God of the Sun, Truth, Healing and Music) and the muses, who overlook the park from their lofty position.
The Olympian Deity is sure to spot some familiar faces. Below, the Garden contains several interesting features, such as a labyrinth made up of 750m of clipped Cyprus trees. At it’s entrance can be found Ariadne and Theseus, in the middle, a statue of Eros, and at the exit, the Grotto of Echo and Narcissus. The Minotaur is also present – but thankfully not in charging form. The mythical beast’s likeness can be found in a grotto in the Moss Garden nearby.