Parc Guell, Barcelona

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

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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
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    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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    Escalator going up the hill to Park Guell
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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.

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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.

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    Parc Güell by Gaudí

    by seamandrew Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The famous lizard by Gaud�� near the park entrance.

    One of the star attractions of Barcelona is the Parc Güell, the second most visited park after the Ciutadella. Probably only because of its location in the north of the city. The park owes its magnetic attraction to th fact that it was designed by Gaudí.

    In creating the park, Gaudí used shapes which harmonized with the landscape. Always aware of the struggle betwen man and nature, he built a complex garden of staircases, animalike sculptures, curvy ramps, and viaducts.

    Today, the park is declared a monument of world interest by UNESCO and has had this status since 1984.

    Lastly, expect a climb regardless of how you get to the park (well perhaps unless you drive). I think the best way to get there though was with the Bus Turístic. The Metro is a much longer walk away from the park. Admission to the park is free!

    See my travelogue on this park.

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    HIGH ON THE HILL, SITS PARC GUELL

    by travelgourmet Updated Feb 15, 2011

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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.

    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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    Guell park

    by Raimix Updated Feb 6, 2011

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    Guell park is one of the most important works of Gaudi. The park is located quite outside of city centre. At first we wanted to walk there, but later changed our minds (good decision) :)

    The park is named Guell due to its customer Eusebio Guell. He wanted Gaudi to design a large hilly territory as a park, nowadays not everything left of it. The most famous here are mosaic balconies, park entrance houses, the Cavalry. The entrance of park is free, but you have to pay an extra for Gaudi museum.

    Park made a big impression, a feeling the place is not real, but from tales. I think it is due to unusual forms and mosaic colors Gaudi loved.

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    Parc Güel

    by grayfo Updated Jan 15, 2011

    Antonii Gaudi, the father of Spanish architecture, worked in the Modernist or Art Nouveau period and his park, which he created between 1900 and 1914, is a masterpiece of surrealism. The site became a public park in 1922 and is a weird and wonderful garden full of crazy mosaic tiling, strange buildings with fantastically shaped roofs, lizards, a dragon and a large observation terrace giving great views of the city. Originally planned as a garden city, only two houses were built, one of which is now a museum and contains interesting furniture also designed by Gaudi.

    Sunday to Saturday: 10:00 am to Dusk

    Admission: Free

    September 2005

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