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  • Beautiful walking paths in the park.
    Beautiful walking paths in the park.
    by Jerelis
  • The main stairs at the entrance.
    The main stairs at the entrance.
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  • Iris, Sam and Relinde at the ´snaking´ balcony.
    Iris, Sam and Relinde at the ´snaking´...
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    Gingerbread House

    by easyoar Written Dec 6, 2004

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    Gingerbread House in Parc Guell

    If you are visiting Parc Guell (see my Must-See tips for details on how to get there), there is a tall hill to the side, which you can climb up to an observation point and get excellent views into the city.

    Whilst climbing this hill, there are numerous points where you can stop off and look into Parc Guell and get some great views of this too. This Gaudi designed house reminds me of a Gingerbread House, and almost looks like you could eat it!

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    Park Guell - Crooked pillars

    by Jerelis Updated Mar 5, 2009

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    The Room of a Hundred Columns
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    Park Guell is Antoni Gaudi's most colourful creation. He was commissioned in the 1890s by Count Eusebi Guell to design a garden city on 20 hectares of land. In the event, little of the grand design for public buildings and 60 houses in landscaped gardens became reality. What we see today was completed between 1910 and 1914 and the park opened his doors in 1922.

    Most atmospheric is probably the Room of a Hundred Columns, a cavernous market hall of 84 (so not a 100!) crooked pillars, brightened by glass and ceramic mosaics. To be exact it's decorated with polychrome mosaics of broken stone, ceramic pots and old tiles. The park is very popular and has an obscure cymbolic content. Shapes and colours were inspired by natural forms which Gaudi, a devout catholic, saw as instances of divine craftmanship.

    Address: Carrer d'Olot, 08024 Barcelona.
    Directions: Bus 24, 25, 31, or 74. Metro; line 3. Lesseps Station, then follow the street signs. Do keep in mind that it is quite a strenous walk to the main entrance!

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    PARC GUELL

    by Helga67 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Parc G��ell, Barcelona

    Parc Güell, designed by Gaudi, is a fascinating park. The park is laid out on a hill with fantastic views of the city. Huge ceramic benches, giant decorative lizards, ceramic mosaics and pavilions of contorted stone all combine into a brilliant swirl of the imagination.
    It is situated at Carrer d'Olot 7 in the Gracia district. You can take bus no. 24.

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    Parc Guell - The Three Crosses

    by dlandt Updated Jan 20, 2006

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    Three Crosses

    This may or may not be off the beaten path, but in Parc Guell, near the top of the park, there is a relic here from earlier days. Three ancient looking crosses are mounted on top of this kind of brick semi-tower. The view is the greatest, but watch your footing while climbing the steps, especially coming down.

    If you are coming from or going to Lesseps Station, you will see a fork in the path. One will direct you to the main park area, and the other to the three crosses.

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    Park Guell - The focal point.

    by Jerelis Updated Mar 5, 2009

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    Iris, Sam and Relinde at the ��snaking�� balcony.
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    Park Guell is skillfully designed and composed to bring the peace and calm that one could expect from a park. The absolute focal point of the park is the main terrace, surrounded by a long bench in the form of a sea serpent. To design the carvature of the bench surface Gaudi used the shape of buttocks left by a naked workman sitting in wet clay. The curves of the serpent bench form a number of enclaves, creating a more social atmosphere.

    The best part of this park is actually not the architecture of Gaudi, but the views of the city! It offers the most complete view of Barcelona and the bay. It is possible to view the main city panorama, with the Sagrada Familia and the Montuïc area visible at a distance. But anyway ... keep this in mind what we enjoyed -> Imagine you are in a fairy tail, in a fairy park, with spectacular views and spectacular stone structures ... you are in Park Guell!

    Address: Carrer d'Olot, 08024 Barcelona.
    Directions: Bus 24, 25, 31, or 74. Metro; line 3. Lesseps Station, then follow the street signs. Do keep in mind that it is quite a strenous walk to the main entrance!

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    Gaudi-land!

    by nicolettart Written Apr 29, 2004

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    Parc Guell

    Yes, it will be a pain to get to, I think we took the metro and at least one bus. But it is worth it! Just about everything in Parc Guell is covered in colorful mosaic, and you also have great panoramic views of Barcelona. Eat first, because I don't recall any restaurants nearby. It was in a residential area.

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    Beware!

    by ozalp Written May 17, 2007

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    Why call it...

    I took this photo from a small path in Parc Güell. This well known joke was in big letters. Says "Why call it tourist season if we can't shoot them?" I think they are serious. So, either duck and cover or act like a local and hide your camera. :)

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    Park Guell - Casa-Museu Gaudi.

    by Jerelis Updated Mar 5, 2009

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    Outside the house of Gaudi.
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    The park was originally part of a commercially unsuccessful housing site, the idea of Count Eusebi Guell, whom the park was named after. Ultimately only two houses were built, neither designed by Gaudi. One was intended to be a show house, but on being completed in 1904 was put up for sale. As no buyers came forward, Gaudi, at Guell's suggestion, bought it with his savings and moved in with his family and father in 1906.

    So Gaudi lived here untill 1925, one year before his death. The house is named "Torre Rosa". Torre is the Catalan name for a detached house, and Rosa because Gaudi was very devoted of Verge del Roser. The structure of the building is still the same as when Gaudi lived there. It's nice to have the oportunity to see some of Gaudi's personal objects and works like designs, drawings and furniture. We liked it, but were expecting more ... we thought it was too simple. But, of course, it's worth the visit.

    Address: Parc Guell - Carretera del Carmel
    Directions: Bus 24, 25, 31, or 74. Metro; line 3. Lesseps Station, then follow the street signs. Do keep in mind that it is quite a strenous walk to the main entrance!

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    Park Guell - Narrow twisting pathways.

    by Jerelis Updated Mar 5, 2009

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    Beautiful walking paths in the park.
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    Gaudi's work is admired by architects around the world as being one of the most unique and distinctive architectural styles. His work has greatly influenced the face of the city of Barcelona architecture and you will see Gaudi's work all over the city. You simply can't miss it! Park Guell is just one of Gaudi's creations and lies north of Barcelona centre. The park is full of narrow twisting pathways which meander through the park. Amazing to witness!

    There are so many pathways and different routes that it's easy to loose your bearings. However just as you think you're totally lost you usually come across one of the many park maps en-route. The park is full of trees and shrubs and as we walked around we saw unusual and colourful sculptures, mosaics, walkways and tiling. Besides that we had some fabulous views of Barcelona from Park Guell as the whole grounds are built on hill land.

    Address: Carrer d'Olot, 08024 Barcelona.
    Directions: Bus 24, 25, 31, or 74. Metro; line 3. Lesseps Station, then follow the street signs. Do keep in mind that it is quite a strenous walk to the main entrance!

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    Gaudi's House

    by nicolettart Written Apr 29, 2004

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    Gaudi's Bedroom

    Gaudi's house is pink! Well, what did you expect? If you go to Parc Guell you can visit the house for a small fee. Not extremely interesting, especially if you just experienced the park, but you can see furniture he designed here.

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    PARC GUELL

    by Helga67 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Parc G��ell, Barcelona

    In the park grounds, the Sala Hipóstila is a forest of 84 stone columns, originally intended as a market. Above it is a broad open space whose centrepiece is the Banc de Trenadis, a tiled bench curving sinuously around its perimeter.

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    PARC GUELL

    by Sharrie Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Parc Guell

    PARC GUELL: This is another Gaudi's masterpiece. Built in 1910 & designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, this is a very different kind of park we're used to. With a site of 20 hectares, this park has very colorful ceramic motifs & very unique decorations.

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    Parc GüellParc Güell is where...

    by vicky_cannae Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Parc Güell
    Parc Güell is where Gaudí turned his hand to landscaping, with spectacular results. The park is laid out on a hill with fantastic views of the city. Huge ceramic benches, giant decorative lizards, ceramic mosaics and pavilions of contorted stone all combine into a brilliant swirl of the imagination. In the park grounds, the Sala Hipóstila is a forest of 84 stone columns, originally intended as a market. Above it is a broad open space whose centrepiece is the Banc de Trenadis, a tiled bench curving sinuously around its perimeter. The spired house to its right is the Casa Museu Gaudí, where Gaudí lived for most of his last 20 years.

    Gràcia
    A fully fledged suburb since late last century, Gràcia is one of Barcelona's most satisfying outlying areas. It's traditionally been home to strong artistic and political communities, students and intelligentsia, but also to a population of average joes, who lend it a no-frills, down to earth atmosphere. Plaça del Sol is a pleasant place to sit during the day, surrounded by cafes and well-grounded 19th-century architecture. At night, the square becomes a popular meeting place.

    Montserrat
    Montserrat, 50km (31mi) northwest of Barcelona, has weird rocky crags, ruined hermitage caves, a monastery and hordes of tourists from the Costa Brava. The Monestir de Montserrat was founded in 1025 to commemorate numerous visions of the Virgin Mary. Today it houses a community of about 80 monks, and pilgrims come to venerate La Moreneta (the Black Virgin), a 12th-century Romanesque wooden sculpture of Mary with the baby Jesus; La Moreneta has been Catalunya's official patron since 1881. The most dramatic approach to Montserrat is by cable car, which arrives just below the monastery after a thrilling whoop up the sheer mountainside.

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    Parc Guell, a place to visit in any season

    by gordonilla Written Oct 31, 2005
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    The park is a wonderful place to visit and full of interesting architectural features and people. Visit the shop and buy something or alternatively buy something from the hawkers who offer everything from paitings to jewellery.

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  • Parc Guel is a very well know...

    by malejka Written Sep 12, 2002

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    Parc Guel is a very well know attraction in Barcelona but it is located a little out of the center. We took bus number 24 to get there.

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