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Parque Guell Barcelona

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.

Carrer d'Olot, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, 08024

All year, Daily, Open 10am to dusk

Entrance free

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  • over 2 years by Isabel 5 / 5

    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!
  • over 5 years by Tony 5 / 5

    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 for travelers because of tons of local info written by a local guy, very useful to plan vacation
  • almost 6 years by richie 5 / 5

    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 with tons of local info written by a local guy, very useful to plan our holiday
  • about 6 years by Jennifer 5 / 5

    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.
  • over 6 years by imw 5 / 5

    Amazing, wonderful experience, a must if visiting Barcelona.
  • over 7 years by Néstor 5 / 5

    I'm the webmaster of a website of this park, if you want more information about this park there is a lot...

  • over 8 years by Anonymous 5 / 5

    Parc Guell is amazing and should be at the top of your list of sights to visit on your visit to Barcelona.

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