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Parque Guell Barcelona

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The best and most famous example of Art Nouveau landscape-architecture has been designated a UNESO World Heritage Site. Count Eusebi Guell, a wealthy businessman, conceived the project as infrastructure for a garden suburb on what Gaudi described as 'the treeless mountain'. The only parts to be completed, before worked stopped in 1914 and it became a public park in 1922, were a grand entrance, two houses, 3km of paths, a marvellous terrace and the hippostyle hall, planned as an underground market. Guell's friend, Antonio Gaudi, was the designer. Both men intended that the project would express the spirit of Catalonia as a potentially independent nation. The park is very popular and has an obscure symbolic content. Shapes and colours were inspired by natural forms which Gaudi, a devout catholic, saw as instances of divine craftsmanship. The park is set into the hills overlooking Barcelona. Serpentine terraces, seats, galleries and acrades run with the mountainside. They are decorated with polychrome mosaics of broken stone, ceramic pots and old tiles. The bright colours might remind one of azuelejo. The curved terraces might remind one of Duncombe, the path layout of Buttes Chaumont. But the design has an energetic brilliance which belongs more completely to the twentieth century than any other public park made in Europe during the first half of the twentieth century.
Address - Carrer d'Olot, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, 08024
Opening times - All year, Daily, Open 10am to dusk
Admission - Entrance free

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  • 5 months ago Isabel said

    Park Güell is a must see when visiting Barcelona. The walk up the hill is steep so stay hydrated! I went in August 2013 and took a few photos. See them on my blog! archappreciation.wordpress.com

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  • over 3 years ago Tony said

    the park guell is very stunning, i went with my family and kids liked it a lot, playing hide and seek in the column rooms, walking inside was very great, if you go there dont miss the great view at the end of the road, on the top (not from the snake square), may i suggest this page http://www.world-rt.com/ for travelers because of tons of local info written by a local guy, very useful to plan vacation

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  • over 3 years ago richie said

    the park is very marvellous, we went there during our holiday and we were amazed by some beauty like the column room or the ceramic dragon, even the Gaudi house is great, if you plan to go, i recommend you to go up to the mountain and you will get a better and greater view than on the snake square, also i recommend this page http://www.world-rt.com/ with tons of local info written by a local guy, very useful to plan our holiday

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  • about 4 years ago Jennifer said

    I loved visiting this park, it's architecture was so interesting and unlike anything I had ever seen before. It's a captivating experience, inspiring and very relaxing. Just make sure you bring some water, good walking shoes and a map. I found the park a little hard to locate but it was well worth the search. It is definately one of Barcelona's little gems.

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  • over 4 years ago imw said

    Amazing, wonderful experience, a must if visiting Barcelona.

    (5.0/5)

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