Park Güell is a huge park located on the hill of El Carmel in the Gràcia district of Barcelona, about 4 kilometers from Plaça de Catalunya. The park was originated in 1900 when Count Eusebi Güell bought the site. His plan was to build a place for the wealthy families in Barcelona, a place with luxury houses, fresh air, and beautiful views... And famous Antoni Gaudí was commissioned to design the area, but the project was never a commercial success, and it was abandoned in 1914.
In 1922, the city of Barcelona bought the area for use as a public park – and today, it is a extremely popular place (about 4 million visitors a year) and IMO it is a must see in Barcelona. Before Gaudí's work was stopped in 1914, he had already created a big square/terrace surrounded by a long bench, staircases, viaducts, stone columns, and many walking paths around the park - and two gatehouses and sculptures (like the multicolored mosaic salamander) at the main entrance. From the top of the park is also a beautiful view of the park and Barcelona. But notice that the park is huge, and it will take about half a day to see it all...
Gaudí lived here from 1906 to 1926, in a house built by Francesc Berenguer in 1904. It is now the Gaudi House Museum (Casa Museu Gaudí), but I didn't visit...
Eusebi Guell, a rich businessman and an earl, decided to build a luxury development on what was then the outskirts of Barcelona. He wanted it to be modernistic, and he hired Gaudi as his architect and gave him a free hand Gaudi insisted that everything on the site must repect nature. Nothing is simple—columns collect water, some pillars look like trees. There are few straight lines anywhere here.
A large open area has curved benches covered with broken tile mosaics. It was intended to be a community gathering place. Directly under it is the 100-column room (actually, just 86) that was supposed to be a public market. The columns support the community space above it.
The project was a commercial failure, and only one building site was purchased. There are only 3 houses here—Gaudi’s, Guell’s, and the lawyer’s purchase. After Guell died, his widow gave the property to the City of Barcelona (except for the lawyers’house, where his family still lives.)
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This palatial home is located just off Ramblas, about 4 blocks from the water front and near Liceau. Antonio Gaudi designed this home for the wealthy entrepreneur, Eusebi Guell between 1886-1890. It was also for Guell that the park up north was designed and constructed under supervision of Gaudi. The two main ornate arches were the entry for guest to take their horse drawn carriages right into the home and down to the lower level. The coat of arms of Catalan adorns the front.
Price to enter is a steep 10 Euro, so we did not go in; besides it was crowded, and a line waiting for 1/2 hour was in front. It is open Tuesday-Sunday generally 10-5:30PM.
A few more of these colorful and fanciful chimneys at Palau Guell for you to enjoy, this is one of the gems of Gaudi's collection in Barcelona. Along with Batllo, Mila, Sagradi Familia and Park Guell, they are not to be missed.
Zohara posed for me in one of the photos to give you an idea of the size (of the chimney, not the size of Zohara).
A child got loose on the roof of Palau Guell with a pallet of wonderful colors, but the child was assisted by the faries and elves that came out of these fancies of Gaudi's imagination. Yes sounds strange doesn't it, but when you walk onto the roof of Palau Guell you will find a very fertile garden for your imagination as it was for Gaudi when he created this. So take a few minutes, sit on that high spot there on the roof and just IMAGINE.
I often thing that the way we view the world through our windows sheds light on us. We put a HUGE window, sliding door and then turned it 30 degrees in our home so we could sit in our living room during winter and still enjoy the sunsets...
Maybe that is why Gaudi, as you can see in the following photos has used different elements to both enlarge and enhance the entrance and play of light within this living space.
Most horses I have ever met or known, lived in a BARN, not here in Palau Guell, they lived just below the main entry with a fantastic spiral ramp and even fancy iron work on their windows. I have known PEOPLE who live in much poorer surroundings.
I think of all the Gaudi creations we visited in Barcelona, we found certain elements of Palau Guell to be the most ostentatious and gaudy, but strangely beautiful all the same, I guess it is something you need to get used to, sort of like the acquired taste of good wine. You will see what I mean as you follow our tour of this home.
Don't forget to take your audio guide.
Entrance costs 10 Euro, 8 with your Barcelona Card.
Times: Tuesday to Saturday (inclusive), from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm.
For more information and some excellent insights, try the website:
The Liceu Metro station is the closest, but you can walk from Catalanya or Drassanes near the Colombus Monument.
This Palace, designed by Gaudi is a masterpiece. Included in the centre of the Palace, is a chapel, that has a working organ. The pipe's are included as part of the wall structures. The acoustics are fabulous. When I was there the organ was actually being played - I was enthralled.
The whole palace has to be seen to be believed (including one toilet)
Make sure you go up onto the roof as well.
Customer of this famous Gaudi work was Eusebio Guell. It was the first monumental Gaudi work at center of Barcelona. The house was a place not only for living, but also for concerts, the invitation of serious guests. As usually, the architecture of Gaudi is something different from others. In this building I liked the chimneys that were decorated by ceramic tiles.
It is possible to visit palace inside as well for an extra price, but we haven’t made that.
A part of Unesco world heritage site of Antoni Gaudi's work, the building is designed for the industrial tycoon - Eusebi Guell.
The iron work on the lower part of the facade of the building is so intricate which looks both like a musical note and/or spain's seal.
There was some renovation going on inside during our visit so entrance is free but on limited spaces only.
I always pass by this building whenever I go to Plaza Real from my hostal in metro parallel and didn't notice it until it was made apparent by the free walking tour guide. The roof top has those usual Gaudi artsy stuff that looks to me like some kind of candy cones. Casa Mila and those found at Parc Guell has those too.
Much of the famed Modernisme architect Antonio Gaudi's early career was constructing elaborate follies for wealthy clients. (modernisme being the Catalanyan offshoot of Art Nouveau).
In 1885 the industrialist and aristocrat, Eusebio Guell, commissioned the Palau Guell, just off the Ramblas.
I rushed there but not realising closing time was even earlier than I thought and it was already closed at 2pm, very unfortunately - as I will now have to return to Barcelona again for a third visit! I am even more impressed since to have found out, according to the Rough Guide book on Spain, that this building is the first modern building to have been declared a World Heritage buidling by Unesco.
Many of Gaudi's buildings are still privately owned and not open to the public so it is a blessing that this building is open to the public.
When I return to Barcelona to indulge in a much wanted tour of the Ruta del Modernisme, ie following a route of Gaudi buildings, in addition to the constructions Ive already seen and visited, apparently a ticket can be bought here at Palau Guell.
Barcelona is such a tourist city. This park is the perfect example, because it should be on everyones things to do list. It is
1. unique to Barcelona from the artist Guell. Just look in the pictures at the creativity gushing forth from his pieces of outdoor art. Kind of crazy and cheeky. Doesnt care what the critics think!
2. a pure pleasure to soak in the sights in this park. also a trait of barcelona, which has all kinds of palm trees all over the place, amazing variety of plants, trees
3.a perfect relaxing followup to a day at the picasso museum. You are doing something constructive while having the opportunity to rest your feet from walking the city.
4. Excellent vantage point to get pictures of barcelona from an elevated view, and look at the countless shanties in barcelona. and ou wonder how this cit started? It is so big! you can see the ocean i think. HINT: carefully climb the artistically cool, but kind of treachorous Guell steps to the giant cross for the best view in the whole park! I RULE!
Its pretty cheap to gain entry! or is it free??? Oh ya. dont pay mind to the "Why do they call it tourist season if you cant shoot them?" sign. haha. i swear it was spayed painted in huge letters. haha. funny
There a soccer field, where we saw spaniards playing soccer. Spanish Soccer moms. yes!! joking.
you may see this a lot as a typical photo shot for the unique lane in Parc Guell..
The pink house used to be Gaudi's residence on a stage. A bit surprised to find out it wasn't built by himself but Francesc Berenguer in 1904. Gaudi lived here from 1906 to 1926. It contains original works by Gaudi and by several of his closest collaborators. In 1969 it was declared a historical-artistic Monument of national interest. The Casa-Museu Gaudi was founded in 1963 by the "Amics de Gaudi".Visiting hours: October-March 10-18 hours. April-September 10-20 hours.
----- information collected from the direction of Casa Museu..
Parc Guell locates on a hill land in Gracia district.. you may get a great view on different heights...
Gaudi was originally commissioned to build a sixty domiciles for Eusebio Guell, the greatest patron of him. But at last it was only two houses accomplished. There are many small sinuous pathway and unique mosaic sculptures spread in the park. The lizard becomes to be the symbol of Parc Guell. The flat roof was built as a dance square for burgraves... grab a great view of Park Guell and Barcelona city from the curving mosaic bench is the best way to relax.
No exception of Sagrada Familia... you will find many inspiration from the nature were presented in this Gaudi's work. The house look like made of gingerbread.. beautiful coloredl mosaic makes the whole place a wonderland.