Parc Guell, Barcelona

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

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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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    by BruceDunning Written Dec 3, 2011

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    This is a bit out of the way from other sites in the city, but the trek is worth it. Park Guell is another venture of Antonio Gaudi, and in fact he lived in one of the two homes that got completed. The intent of Eusebi Guell, the owner of the land was to have 60 homes developed. Gaudi developed the serene park between 1910-14, as part of the motif to entice people to live here. Eventually the park that was intended to replicate an English garden became a visiting place to the locals to get away form the grime and crowded city center.
    There are a variety of shapes and designs throughout the park, beginning with the sitting arena with thousands of mosaics imbedded into the concrete, the irregular and rough terrace walls and bird nests appearance, columns holding up an upper portion, and winding road 7 trails to the top. The mountain was flat on top, and is now simply a place where a bench rests. It is about 1/2 mile from the main entry to the top, with winding streets all the way. Entry to the park is free, but the small museum is 2 Euro. the park is open dawn to dusk generally

    People looking over the edge of the mosaic seating View of the sitting area Open arena of sitting area Columns holding up the sturcutre of mosaic seating
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    Park Guell, the guard houses

    by Martin_S. Updated Nov 14, 2011

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    As you enter the main gate of the park you find two "houses" embracing the sides of the gate. These were originally constructed to be homes for the guards and today one is a gift shop and the other was just recently opened as a small museum (yes extra entrance fee here). My first impression upon seeing these two structures was an expectancy, a sort of waiting, a waiting for Be'er Rabbit to exit one and a troll the other.

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    Park Guell, Bridges

    by Martin_S. Written Nov 14, 2011

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    Scattered around Park Guell are a number of bridge and road elements that allow comfortable access to the park. Some, like the first photo have seating along the edge (closed now) and others, like the second photo actually support a road above and is not actually a bridge.

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    Park Guell, the terrace seating

    by Martin_S. Updated Nov 14, 2011

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    The Serpentine Bench on the terrace overlooking the guard gates at the entrance to the park, is touted to be the longest bench in the world. The design by Jujol (take a look at this website to learn more: http://www.thejoyofshards.co.uk/ww/barcelona/index.shtml) of the bench and its mosaics are as Gaudy as Gaudi and as wonderful to see. The bench almost completely encircles the terrace which was originally designed as an open market area.
    I was surprised to learn that Jujol was the designer of the bench and also the "medalions" on the ceiling of the terrace below as I had "always known" that Park Guell was a Gaudi design. Just shows you how much I have to learn, but that is one of the fun things in travel.

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    Park Guell, Terrace

    by Martin_S. Updated Nov 14, 2011

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    Voted as a World Heritage Site in 1984 by UNESCO, you can see in the photos some of the reasons why, and I am sure you would agree on this decision...I know I do.
    As you approach the terrace you might notice that the columns are not straight, the exterior line leans very noticably inward. The terrace ceiling is decorated with brightly colored circular patterns, done by another artist Jujol, which add a spot of color to the unusually plain (for Gaudi) interior terrace area.

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    Park Guell, stairs and dragons

    by Martin_S. Updated Nov 14, 2011

    Undoubtedly the dragon here in Park Guell is one of the two most well known Gaudi creations along with the chimneys at Casa Batllo and Palau Guell. The dragon is a symbol you will see in ALL the tourist shops, on cups, on shirts, magnets, everything (be careful, if you stand still too long you may have one printed on your forehead)...It would not be my first choice as a representation of a dragon, there I would think along the lines of a large fire breathing and winged creature, but each to his own imagination, and admitedly Gaudi has imagination to spare. Most of his things look fanciful, but many conceal a function and are NOT solely for decoration as you will see later, for instance, in the terrace seating.

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    Park Guell, entrance

    by Martin_S. Updated Nov 13, 2011

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    Gaudi seems to enhance everything he touches, here at Park Guell, it looks like he was trying to make solid the dreams of Alice In Wonderland or some other flight of fancy. Everything from the well known "dragon" on the stairs, to the fanciful guard houses at the entrance gate tickle your imagination.
    In the next tips I want to show various aspects of the park, from the terrace with its seating and drain system, to the bridges that dot the landscape.
    What we found interesting was that originally the entire area was to be private homes, but the investor did not manage to sell the properties, only 3. The idea was scrapped and only much later turned into a park.
    To get there we took the metro, but then there is a walk of about 20-30 minutes, with the last 10 minutes being a very steep section. If you have any physical disabilities this may be a difficult walk.
    If you would like a more exact "history" then take a look at these sites-
    http://www.barcelona-tourist-guide.com/en/gaudi/park-guell.html
    http://www.aviewoncities.com/barcelona/parcguell.htm
    http://www.greatbuildings.com/buildings/Park_Guell.html

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    Intresting but a long walk up !!!!

    by jlanza29 Written Oct 21, 2011

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    Parc Guell yet another of Antoni Gaudi's creation .... also situated on a hill overlooking the city it is a unique and odd looking place, but yet worth the long and steep walk ..... we got off the Vallcarca green line stop and took the electrical stairs for half the walk, but unless you hire a taxi it's all uphill. Once at the park there is no admission price to enter, it took us about 45 minutes to walk around .... the most famous site at the park is the lizard. If you have great weather then go !!!!

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    Parc Guell

    by Airpunk Written Oct 6, 2011

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    Antoni Gaudí is probably the best-known representative of Catalan Modernisme, a style of art characterized by organic structures and bright colours, comparable to Hundertwasser’s style of art and architecture. Although the Sagrada Familia is Gaudí’s best known work, there are a couple of notable pieces to be seen in and around Barcelona. Parc Guell shows different pieces of Gaudí artwork on 17 hectares. It includes not only fountains, sculptures and columns, but also a hand full of buildings including a museum with more Gaudí art. The park itself does not charge any entry fees and is open during daytime from 10 am on. There is a fee to see the Gaudí Museum.
    Originally an experimental urban project, the lack of interest led to a redesign of the area as an art park. The failed project was backed by the industrial magnate Eusebi Guell who became the name patron of the park. It was installed between 1900 and 1914 and afterwards abandoned. Even if it looks sometime like Disneyland – it’s real early 20th century art, from a time when Mickey Mouse wasn’t even born. In 1994, it became part of an UNESCO World Heritage site called “Works of Antoni Gaudí”. Located on a hill, you can enjoy a beautiful view on Barcelona from there. The location on a hill also means a lot of steps to reach the higher located points. Especially during summertime, the park is popular with visitors of all ages. School and student trips to Barcelona use this is a compulsory stop, so that you will see many groups of youngsters exploring the park. All in all, it’s full of tourists, but there’s no reason to avoid this park. Even if you don’t like your touristy fellows, there are some quieter corners in the park.

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    Parc Güell

    by Maymuna Written Sep 23, 2011

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    Parc Güell just might be the most beautiful park in the world. Five minutes walking distance from a really noisy street you end up in a wonderful and really quiet (despite all the tourists) park. It seems almost unreal that this park can be found in such a vibrant city. Definitely an ideal place to relax when the city itself becomes too noisy. You can sit in the park and listen to guitar players that will remind you of Woody Allen's Vicky Cristina Barcelona. When you walk up the hills you get a lovely view of the city.

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    Park Guell by Antonio Gaudi

    by Xeriss Written Sep 11, 2011

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    Park Guell is one of Gaudi's many creations and if you're in Barcelona only for a couple of days, I suggest you take the time to go and see it. It is a large park with many stone structures and fascinating coloured tiling. From the top of the park you get a wonderful view of the park and of the city. At the top of the park there is a small shop where you can buy cold beverages or a snack. There are also coloured mosaic seats available where you can rest and take photos of the breathtaking view.

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    *6* PARK GUELL

    by balhannah Updated Aug 18, 2011

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    Park Guell is the next stop, but we didn't get off the Bus as we had previously been here the day before.
    The previous day, we caught the Metro to Vallcara station [Green line L3] We then walked a short way to where a lot of escalators went up a very steep hill to one of the Parks entrances. Thank goodness for them is all I can say. They are a life saver!!!!
    I would say to you to get off and have a look around Park Guell as it is free of charge and is interesting, but I advise that it takes awhile to walk around.
    When we were there, not all the paths were open as they were doing maintainence. It was extremely busy with lots of school children. There are hawkers around, but they didn't pressure anybody to look or buy.
    It is a hilly park, so you may want to be a little fit also.
    Go, and have a good time!

    Open from 10am, closing times vary through out the year.

    Escalator going up the hill to Park Guell Hawkers at Park Guell
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    *6B* PARK GUELL

    by balhannah Written Jun 5, 2011

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    So now we are going for a walk around the Park. We hadn't gone far along the footpath, when we found the unusual structure of what looked to be Tree trunks. Interesting, and so was the Busker playing a Spanish Musical Instrument. Other points of interest were a colonnaded pathway, the huge square with the Serpentine bench which was full of people sitting on it, old gates and houses, and Gaudi's design's.
    Perhaps it was the time we were here, but I expected to see a more lush garden, in fact, it was fairly dry and nothing spectacular, it was Gaudi's works that made it.

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    *6A* PARK GUELL

    by balhannah Written Jun 5, 2011

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    On entering the Park from this side entrance high on the hill, we had lovely views over the city and of the Sagrada Familie Church. It was pretty hazy in the afternoon, I wondered if it would be clearer in the morning for viewing.
    Following the path took us to a large cross at the Park's high-point. A winding, narrow pathway led to the top where there wasn't much room for manouvering. Be careful as there isn't any railings to save you from falling! From here, we could view all of Barcelona and the bay.

    The Cross &  view-point Views from the top

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