The archetypical hedge maze sitting in the center of Barcelona’s Parc del Laberint d’Horta (Labyrinth Park of Horta) is one of the city’s hidden gems, having delighted visitors for centuries making it the oldest garden in the city.
Work on the labyrinth and the surrounding gardens began in 1791 as part of a wealthy estate owned by the Desvalls family. The maze and its attendant Italian-inspired terraces were part of the original construction that is today known as the Neoclassical section of the park. The majority of the rest of the park was created in the mid-1800s, and is now known as the Romantic portion, however as the name implies, it is the central labyrinth that really steals the show.
The tall manicured hedge walls of the maze create over 2,000 feet of twists and turns for visitors to get lost in. Anyone who makes it to the center will find a statue of Eros, Greek God of Love, implying that the romantic part of the garden existed even before any expansion. There are also pavilions that overlook the maze and feature their own statues of Greek gods. There is also a picturesque pond at one end.
The gardens were given over to the city of Barcelona in the 1960s and are now a public park. Since it is set off from the regular tourist strips the Horta labyrinth remains a magical little secret for those willing to get a little lost.
In Redlands, there are two black iron gates standing along the roadside of Sunset street that the local residents refer to as the Gates Of Hell.
I have seen these gates many times while i was out in the area at the courthouse or doing services in the area, and I can tell you they are the weirdest and most evil looking gats I have ever seen. At sunset, their severe blackness has an erie quality to them that makes you wonder what happened to the man who made them.. It almost appears that his anger and hatred fills those gates… I some time wondered why the city left them standing.. But a friend of mine, whom I asked the other day if the gates were still there, said the entire area had been plowed and graded for new housing ..
Extremely unusual things are supposed to have happened at these black gates after walking or driving through them, such as, a ghost with a headless cat would chase you, a bloody bull's head would roll down the driveway as you left the house and so on.