Parc Guell, Barcelona

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Carrer d'Olot 7, Vallcarca, Gràcia, 08024 93-317-39-740

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    Unique Park Guell

    by Ronza Written Oct 22, 2014

    It is not a park like you see every day! It is THE Park Guell, something you definitely don’t want to miss in case you visit Barcelona. Every part of it is special, each corner is spectacular… it is a must see.
    After I visited a small part of Gaudi’s creations, I will admit that I am totally enchanted by this brilliant architect.

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    HIGH ON THE HILL, SITS PARC GUELL

    by travelgourmet Updated Sep 7, 2014

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    The view of Parc Guell, Antoni Gaudi's fairytale landmark park, is one of wonder and delight as you climb the street from the city of Barcelona to the heights of Parc Guell. You spot the colorful tiles on the entrance buildings and know that you are in for a visual treat. The time and effort to build this architectural wonder had to be one of whimsy and love of ceramic tiles. The tiles are everywhere and the designs and figures composed and constructed by Gaudi must have been a true labor of love.

    The climb up the staircase is a seemingly forever climb but once at the top, the view of the city below is worth the effort.m

    You will be amazed and amused by the many tile patterns that Gaudi designed on the walls, floors, ceilings, statues, benches, fountains, and anything else that a tile could be cemented on. There are many areas of the park to enjoy Gaudi's work and the circular bench area at the top of the steps make not only a great place to rest but to view the city while admiring the intricate tile designs on the many benches.

    The grounds were once the private garden home for the Gaudi family and Gaudi lived in one of the two homes on the grounds from 1906 till 1926. Something for everyone to enjoy within the park , from a small child to the child in everyone.

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    Park Guell

    by smirnofforiginal Updated May 29, 2014

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    There is a bit of tension towards tourists around the Park. Nothing intimidating but the (mostly written) messages are clear that tourism is not really wanted! It is understandable when considering how the park and the Monument area used to be free to visit, shops used to be local and visitors were in controllable numbers. As budget airlines and the city's popularity have made the numbers of visitors swell the little, local shops are depleting and the tourists have taken over areas such as Park Guell. The result is now that whilst the park is free the Monumental area (which is what you want to see if you go here... all the Gaudi work) is now chargeable and has very strict timed entry.

    Timed entry has an hours grace but get there late and you will not be permitted in! Once inside the Monumental complex you may stay as long as you wish. It is important to note that the park is quite an uphill hike (the escalators are not always working) and you must walk through the park to get the Gaudi Mecca. Leave plenty of time to reach the Monumental area and the park itself is very pleasant with good views across the city so deserves not to be rushed!

    Book in advance online to ensure tickets and also no queue (the queue for people without tickets was horrendous!). You can book up to 9 tickets at a time. There are discounts for senior citizens and children. Park Guell information and ticket booking

    Count Eusebi Guell bought a hillside property and hired Gaudi to conjure and create (1900). The project was abandoned (1914) but Gaudi had already managed to create a plaza, the gatehouses, paths, roads...

    The entrance is guarded by a dragon/lizard. Then there is the Sala Hipostila. The Sala Hipostila was meant to be a market - 84 stone columns. On top of the Sala Hipostila is the Banc de Trencadis which is a continuous wiggling bench that curves itself around the perimeter.
    The Casa Museu Gaudi is the house in which Gaudi lived for the last 20 years of his life.

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    Parc Guell

    by MichaelFalk1969 Updated May 20, 2014

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    Parc Güell is one of the most famous and popular creations of Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi, built between 1900 and 1914 and one of Barcelonas best-known sights; together with his other works, it is a Unesco World Heritage Monument.

    Parc Guell has many unusual features; the entrance buildings have bizarre pinnacled roofs, the main terrace - the central square of Parc Guell - has the form of a serpent, multicoloured mosaics can be found here, like the famous Gaudi salamander, and many architectural additions look inspired by natural forms, like collonaded footpaths with arches that just seem to grow out of the ground.

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    Parc Guell

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Nov 22, 2013

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    Park Güell is a garden complex with architectural elements situated on the hill of El Carmel in the Gràcia district of Barcelona.
    The acquaintance with "Barcelonian modernist style" is impossible without visiting of park Guel. Eusebio Guell has got a farm on the western surburb of Barcelona on a slope of mountain Pilada (Bald mountain) in 1899.

    You can watch my 2 min 23 sec Video Barcelona Park Guell Gaudi part 2 out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.

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    Park Güell

    by ValbyDK Written Nov 3, 2013

    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...

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    Avoid the climb up to Park Guell: use Vallcarca

    by adelinemmc Updated Sep 19, 2013

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    To arrive at the top of the park, near the 3 crosses, use Vallcarca station to get to the park, and benefit from a long series of escalators. You'll only have a short flight of stairs to get to the park.

    Outside teh station turn left and follow the road a bit until you come to the road "Baixada de la Gloria", turn left again and here are those lovely escalators.

    Have your stroll from the 3 crosses through the park, always going down and exit via the main entrance, then walk down to Lesseps or the bus stops. Much nicer way to see it all in the sun, without breaking into a sweat!

    Barcelona from the 3 crosses, without the climb! That's the road you want
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    Don't Miss Parc Guell

    by JessieLang Written Jul 6, 2013

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    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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    100 Column Market Gaudi's House Statue
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    Parc Guell

    by yvgr Updated Dec 8, 2012

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    This place is a tourist trap! Very crowdy...!! Lots of things to look at, nice art...if you like Gaudi's lovely art since there's always something new to discover... in colors or forms.Park Güell (Catalan: Parc Güell [ˈparɡ ˈɡweʎ]) is a garden complex with architectural elements situated on the hill of El Carmel in the Gràcia district of Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. It was designed by the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí and built in the years 1900 to 1914. It has an extension of 17.18 ha (0.1718 km²), which makes it one of the largest architectural works in south Europe. It is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site "Works of Antoni Gaudí".

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    Took me a while to find the Gecko statue

    by SallyL26 Written Sep 21, 2012

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    As everyone has said, the park are huge. View was stunning. Thankfully when we went there the weather hold up too. So overall it was a great experience. However, it took me a while to find the Gecko or Lizard looking statue. I really thought it was on top of the mountain, but it wasn't! It was standing there right in front of the entrance! Oh well after all we did see the stunning view

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    An interesting park by Gaudi

    by muratkorman Written Jul 21, 2012

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    This interesting park is like an exhibition of Gaudi's creativity. Starting from the steps where a mosaic lizard welcomes you, to the stone columns and the mosaic tiled bench on the terrace as well as the walkways and arches, you are impressed as you walk by. You can find Gaudi's museum within the park and further you go up, you find a panaromic view of Barcelona. You can spend a few hours here easily if you also include visiting the museum where Gaudi used to live.

    Entrance Arches on walkways Park's symbol : Mosaic Lizard Columns below the terrace Banc de Trencadis
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    Parc Guell

    by Robmj Updated May 5, 2012

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    Park Guell was commissioned by Eusebi Güell (at the turn of the 20th century) who wanted to create a stylish park for Barcelona aristocracy. With Gaudi's design, the park has turned out to be a surreal and offbeat experience, but with a strange and actually enchanting landscape.

    The park takes hours to explore, the many fascinating designs of buildings, gardens, seats and winding paths lead to areas of beauty (some unusual), peace and interest.

    The large cross at the Park's high-point offers the most complete view of Barcelona and the bay. It is possible to view the main city in panorama, with the Sagrada Família and the Montjuïc area visible at a distance.

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    Park Guell

    by aventurasdejacey Written Apr 23, 2012

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    This park is absolutely a must-see for anyone touring in Barcelona. Gaudi's architecture and trencadis mosaic work manifest all over the park as various works of art.

    On the other hand, this place is full of tourists and tourist-trap, trinket sellers. It's usually crowded on nice weekends and is really just that, a tourist site. It's about as far ON the beaten path as possible, so it's not very authentic of the local culture, but it is still really beautiful and everyone should see it at least once.

    It also has a really great view of the city.

    *Be prepared for a steep hike up to the park and around the park itself.

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    Parc de Guell - Designed by Gaudi

    by aussirose Written Jan 21, 2012

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    Gaudi was employed by Guell, a wealthy businessman to design this park as part of a new garden suburb on the hill described as 'the treeless mountain.'

    And what a stunning creation. The park has unusual houses (one in which Gaudi lived), tastefully designed pillars that blended into the natural surroundings, lovely mosaic tile work and an amazing dragon made out of tiles.

    I really enjoyed our stroll around Parc de Guell. It's located on the blue tourist bus route and you have to walk up this huge hill to get there but it is definately worth the walk.

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    Parc Guell

    by adema29 Updated Dec 20, 2011

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    Why is everybody speaking so much about this park?!
    Honestly I was expecting to see something more “exciting”, but in fact, Parc Guell is not as impressive as I it was stated in all the other tips we have read before.
    What is interesting from my point of view is the way Gaudi has built the structure of the park, using the local material and his new vision about architecture.
    You can see here the living development of his columns and his view about the human-nature interference.
    I don’t know how the park was developed but it seems for me that the money was finished after the completion of the entrance, the hall with the Doric columns and the special shaped bench which are amazing without any doubt.
    After this, everything else is impressive in form, but not in color anymore.
    Anyway, if you have a technical “sight” you can see the loads discharging along the leaning columns, twisted or (palm) tree structured. Under the raw rock cladding I could "feel" anyway a stronger concrete structure.
    I have found nice to inform you that, for the shape of the so discussed bench, Gaudi used wet clay to “record” the naked forms of one of the workers.
    Something else… don’t forget to do a trip to the top of the hill at the three crosses… you’ll appreciate the view, especially in a sunny day.
    Another element which is not commented enough is the metal gate on the second entrance. This is also impressive. It is probably a good example of what that Art Nouveau means.
    My conclusion is that the park is under the average as a park, but the architecture of it is still special.

    But, if you really want to know more, go there with the crowd and make your own impression.
    The easiest way to go there is by bus…. number 24 from plaza Catalunya or the bus stops on the Passeig de Gracia.

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