Palau Guell, Barcelona

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    Parc Guell

    by sylina Updated Apr 8, 2007

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    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.

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    Park Guell is Super Cool and FREE!

    by RawdgerDodger Updated Sep 23, 2006

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    The only negatives about this FREE leasurely park that attracts artists and tourists from around the world, is the walk up the hill to get there. But even the walk has been improved as there are outdoor escalators in place to help one climb up. The park was designed and built in the early 20th century by achitectural genius Antonio Guadi and it has the feeling of walking into a park made out of ginger bread with whip cream topping splashed everywhere. Then there are the little eye candies of colorful fresco-like material beautifying the place. The park is a real eye prize, one of a kind, and should not be missed.

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    A planned community

    by Sue08080 Written Jul 10, 2006

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    Gaudi was ahead of his time in this project. Guell Park is an urban living project: a combination of living space and gardens. Gaudi designed a covered market, a large central square, a series of paths across the mountain and plots for houses, with only a few ever constructed.

    It is a serene place, full of Gaudi's signature mosaics and intriguing shapes.

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    by traveloturc Written May 28, 2006

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    If you are not a member of a tourist group and if you want to take the metro
    You have to prepare yourself for walking and if you visit this place in summer time believe me that it can be difficult but its worthed ...
    Please dont forget to visit the small house of Gaudi in the middle of the parc
    and sit also on the terrace to enjoy the view of the city

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    Take a nice walk in the parc

    by Henrik_rrb Written Dec 3, 2005

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    First thing to think about when visiting Park Guell - make sure that you aren't tired before.
    Second thing - don't take the metro here, as all the climbing will make you quite tired. Put up some money instead, and take a taxi. The things you lose in money you will earn in energy... ;)

    The Park Guell is another of Antoni Gaudi's big monuments, although this one is a parc. Since 1984 it's put upon UNESCO's list of World Heritage site, and I recon that was a good decision...

    I'm not a huge fan of Gaudi, but still it's really relaxing to walk around in the parc. Specially in the beginning, before you meet half the world in the center of the parc. There is a museum, built in the house where Gaudi once lived, and there is the huge monument built upon colons, where you also can find a caf?.

    Stay out of this caf? though, if you doesn't like to get ripped off. Service is terrible (i.e there is no service) and prices are ridiculous.). Just walk around instead, and make sure that you brought some food/drink with you from the outside instead.

    Entrance is free, which is really great (put those money saved there on the taxi to the parc instead, as written above) and plan to spend at least a couple of hours here. You can easily find spots in the parc that isn't as crowded as around the big monument, where you instead can sit down and relax, have a talk with your friends, read a book, or just enjoy the silence.

    From the beginning Gaudi wanted to give the parc a english style, with up to 60 houses inside it. It didn't prove successful though, and in the end there was only two built.

    My advice is, when you get into the head entrance, to look at the monuments, but as soon as you start to get tired of it, all the people around you and the stress - head somewhere else in the parc. Find yourself and your company a bench up in the hills and have a look out over Barcelona. That is, according to me, much more beautiful than the monuments by Gaudi.

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    Palau Guell

    by easyoar Written Dec 5, 2004

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    Chimneys in Palau Guell

    The Palau Guell is situated just off the bottom of the Ramblas at c/Nou de la Rambla 3. It's fairly anonymous from the front, unless you look up and see the multi-coloured chimneys (again covered in Gaudi's trademark broken ceramics).

    It is not possible just to wander in, viewing is by guide only, and only small groups are taken round, so if you want to see inside, get there early in the day, book a tour, and come back later for the tour, as the days tours fill up quick.

    Photography is very limited inside, so I almost didin't take my camera, but was pleased I did as it is possible to take pictures on the roof, which is the best bit!

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    Palau Guell

    by JanPeter74 Updated Sep 30, 2004

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    Two of the many chimneys of Palau Guell

    This "Palace", one of Gaudí's earliest works, was built between 1886 and 1890, as a family home for one of the great patrons of Modernisme, Eusebi Güell. This businessman was also the financial support of the Parc Guell project.

    The entrance shows the parabolic arches that are very important in Gaudís work and again, one of the most interesting parts of the the building is the roof with chimneys.

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    Palau Guell

    by sarahandgareth Updated Aug 24, 2004
    Decorative Chimneys on the Palau Guell

    The Palau Guell is the only Gaudi-designed house that is fully open to the public; others can only be partially seen, or even only from the exterior. It was built in the late 1880s for Eusebi Guell, who was one of Gaudi’s most important champions – and benefactors. There are bits and pieces of three or four styles in this house, as is characteristic of Gaudi’s work, although the color associated with his houses isn’t visible until you see the roof and the decorated chimneys, which are totally crazy, like toadstools gone wild.

    The house itself has at least one less-than-pleasant episode in its history: after the Spanish Civil War, political prisoners were tortured by police in the basement.

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    Palau Guell

    by clairegeordio Written Jul 4, 2004

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    Roof of Palau Guell

    This building, built by Gaudi for the family Eusebi Guell Bacigalupi in 1886-88 is now a World Cultural Heritage site, and was Gaudi's first major architectural project. The Guell family did not actually live here for very long. In 1936 the palace was confiscated by the Spanish Civil war anarchists, who then used it for their military headquarters and prison.
    We only got to visit the stables downstairs and the roof, as the rest of the house was being renovated, however, it was free entry. The roof is worth seeing though, with it's 18 projecting chimneys and pipes covered in broken pieces of ceramic.

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    by tini58de Written Jun 9, 2004

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    Chimneys of the Palau Guell

    The Palau Guell was my favourite building - designed by Gaudi and really something else!

    At the beginning of May they have started to renovate, so actually the palace was closed. But they did offer a guided tour to the stables and the roof only - free of charge!!! It was such an experience!

    From October 2004 the Palau Guell will be closed for two years !!!

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    Rooftop of Palau Guell

    by kazander Updated Apr 29, 2004

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    Chimney pot above the servants quarters

    There are many different chimney pots on the rooftop of Palau Guell. The ones above the main house are decorated with many different multicolored tiles. The less decorative ones are above the servants quarters.

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    Palau Guell

    by kazander Updated Apr 29, 2004

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    Chimney Pots on the rooftop of Palau Guell

    The house Antoni Gaudi created for Eusebi Guell is right off of the lower La Rambla. The guided tours take you through much of the house, no pictures are allowed with the exception of the rooftop. The tours end about 4pm so get there early. We had to go 3 times before we actually got in! And then we had to wait an hour for our tour to begin...you can wander on La Rambla or Go to Placa Reial for a drink while you wait. The front of the building doesn't stand out as much as you think it might, given the pictures of the chimney pots that are mostly shown of the house. The first time I went there I walked right by!
    An interesting thing the guide told us was that this house was restored right before the Barcelona Olympics. The chimney pot in the forefront of my picture is the only one that is still completely original.

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    Palau Güell

    by seamandrew Written Apr 18, 2004

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    Palau G��ell on Carrer Nou de la Rambla

    In the first stretch of Carrer Nou de la Rambla is the Palau Güell . It was built by no other than Gaudi himself between 1885 and 1889 as the home of his patron, Count Güell. With this structure, the architect embarked on a period of fertile creativity. Here, Gothic inspiration alternates with elements of Arabic influence. The building is structured around an enormous salon, from which a conical roof covered in pieces of tiling emerges to preside over an unusual landscape of purposely placed battelements, balustrades, and unusually shaped chimneys.

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    Barcelona, Palau Guell

    by chrisvandenbroucke Updated Mar 29, 2004
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    Pity you can't get close to these wonderful ornaments.

    (Palau Guell is the first big work by Gaudí, built between 1886 and 1888 for a wealthy family. Gaudi combined Gothic and Moorish styles in a splendid combination of the creative and unusual.
    It's a pity it can't be seen on the inside.
    It's part of the Unesco World Heritage since 1984)

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    Barcelona, Palau Guell

    by chrisvandenbroucke Written Mar 29, 2004
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    Catherine loves the metal ornaments on the Palau Guell

    (Palau Guell is the first big work by Gaudí, built between 1886 and 1888 for a wealthy family. Gaudi combined Gothic and Moorish styles in a splendid combination of the creative and unusual.
    It's a pity it can't be seen on the inside.
    It's part of the Unesco World Heritage since 1984)

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