Parc Guell, Barcelona

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

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    Anton Gaudi House

    by Rupanworld Written Oct 13, 2008

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    Park Guell was originally designed to be a private residential district and a house was built by his assistants in it to serve as a sample house for potential purchasers. But the project never materialised and hence, Gaudi himself purchased this house in 1906 and lived here for 20 years until his death and worked here. The house has a simple architecture, not like Gaudi signature pieces, because then it would have been easier to sell to potential purchasers. The house is now converted into a museum and exhibits Gaudi's work and life and includes drawings by him.

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    Beautiful architecture

    by Rupanworld Written Oct 13, 2008

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    Perhaps one of the best parts of the park guell is the elevated balcony with wavy snake like border from where one can see a view over the entire city of Barcelona. Along the entire border there is a bench in wavy form and each wave has a different pattern and color. Below the balcony is the huge hall with 100 columns. From above this bench the famous lizard and the two beautiful houses that stand near the entrance.

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    A must-see at Barcelona

    by Rupanworld Written Oct 13, 2008

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    This park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, was built by Antoni Gaudi. Under Gaudi, the construction took place from 1900 to 1914 and was originally built for Mr. Eusebi Güell as a private residential garden. However, the park became public property in 1923. Although the park was never completed by Gaudi, it still remains one of his most fascinating creations. It is perhaps the most visited place in Barcelona and it is always crowded with tourists. Entry is free and one can visit here after a days walking and seeing around to take rest or just for sheer pleasure of seeing yet another Gaudi marvel. The park is decorated with palm trees and rock structures. By using the rock designs Gaudi wanted to use nature as much as possible. The ceramic designs on the ceiling of the structures are also made from recycled ceramic and glass pieces. Although the park is always crowded with tourists, the park still remains a calm and serene place to be in the city.

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    The other, better tourist area

    by mikey_e Written Sep 18, 2008

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    Let's not get confused - Parc Güell (pronounced gwel') is no less touristy than the Rambles, but I think that the fact that this is an open, spread out tourist attraction means that you are able to enjoy everything that it has to offer in much more peace and serenity than you can in the Barri Gotic. Of course, the entrance to the park is almost always crowded and busy, but you can still wander about and find parts of the park in which you will be with few other people and can escape the relative hustle and bustle of Barcelona's tourist season. My favourite part of the park has always been the upper portion, closer to Vallcarca than to Gràcia, where you can marvel at the various forms of cacti and gradually hike up toward to the peak of the park, from which you get great views of the entire city and the Mediterranean. Be sure to pack lots of water if it is a hot day, as you are certain to get dehydrated from the combination of the sun and the hike up to the top.

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    made it to Gaudi's fantastical Parc Guell

    by angiebabe Updated Sep 4, 2008

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    I got there by using the hop on hop off bus which goes within about 10 minutes walking/rushing distance from its closest stop which is marked and named as a stop for getting to Parc Guell.

    Then I returned via a 10-15 minute run to Lesseps metro/underground station.

    It was well worth the visit - had been wanting to get to see this being another of Gaudi's amazing creations from the school of modernisme/art nouveau.

    There is no entrance charge to this park and opening times 10-9pm, so the late closing time is excellent for visitors in the summer!

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    Parc Güell

    by MM212 Updated Aug 29, 2008

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    Designed by Gaudí, this park is situated on a hill on the edge of Barcelona with stunning views of the city. The walks and pavillions are all in the typically unusual Gaudí style, combining mosaics and innovative curves. Visiting the park gives you the feeling that you have visited an outer planet! The attached photos are from my Feb 2005 visit. For more photos of this unique park, taken in June 2008, take a look at the travelogue "Parc Güell".

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    check out guell park

    by rkearns Updated Aug 26, 2008

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    step into gaudi's imagination. from the stone corridors and mosaic walls and benches, you have a panoramic view of the city toward the ocean. i'm not sure whether to categorize his work as architecture or landscape.

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    Gaudi Goodness!

    by HispanicYob Written Aug 25, 2008

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    If you're looking to get away from the heat of the city, escape to Parc Guell! Located towards the central part of Barcelona, this park was designed by Gaudi but never fully completed during his lifetime (just like Sagarda Familia). There's examples of his work all over the park, from the benches to the monuments near the entrance. This park has a lot of windy paths that are perfect to explore. There is no entrance fee and you're bound to find something new around every corner.

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    Park Guell.

    by Maurizioago Updated Jul 19, 2008

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    This park is a creation of Gaudì. It was built between 1900 an 1914 on the purpose to create a housing area, but this project was unsuccessful. In 1922 Parc Guell was opened to the public.

    Inside the park there is a house where Gaudì lived from 1906 to 1926. It was designed by Francesc Berenguer in 1904. The furniture of this house was designed by Gaudì himself.

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    Lovely Park

    by Cathy24 Written Jul 8, 2008

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    We went here on our last day of our holiday and though we were knackered we were really glad we made the effort to go. We got the metro to Lesseps and then trudged up the steepest hill ever and entered at the back. I think if you went the other way you would avoid such a steep hill.

    It was lovely, once you get to the monument bit there are huge pillars with mosaic on the ceiling, trees with parrots flying about, two houses that look like gingerbread houses and of course the mosaic lizard. It is free in and there is a cafe and public toilets. Also there are loads of nice little shops selling Gaudi stuff quite cheaply.

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    by GibJoe Written Jun 13, 2008

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    I got there using the Bus Turistic, which leaves you at the road. You have to go up the hill to get to the park, apparently someone mentioned that there are electric staircases but we didn’t find them. The Park Guells was built in 1900-1914, designed by Gaudi. It is situated to the north of the city and enjoys great views of Barcelona. One of the most known images of the park is the benches with the mosaic drawings. The two lovely houses by the entrance look like they have been brought out from a fairy tale story. The entrance to the park is free.

    During my visit only a minor hiccup with the waiter at the cafeteria, who apart from being a miserable sod does not have a clue how to treat clients. It was raining and he didn’t want to move a table under an umbrella for us!

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    Park Guel

    by xaver Updated Apr 17, 2008

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    An amazing walk through a park where you can see several Gaudi's works.
    I really enjoyed the sunday in this park, totally away from traffic.It's the only park where I have been where you not just enjoy nature but also some great examples of art.

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    Park Guell by Antoni Gaudi

    by eksvist Updated Apr 11, 2008

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    Parc Guell, made by brilliant architect Antoni Gaudi, is like a little fairyland, where you can dive to find the miracles, for all day.

    Gaudi, acclaimed in all over the world, was carve out this park in fact as city district for exclusive recreation.
    They completed only five house, what look like from fairy-tale Hansel and Gretel, with a chilly and shadowy agora, sunny plaza, fountains and miraculous footpath, what curving around the hills.
    But then, years ago, feel this place to bee too far from center of city, and so it stay unfinished...

    Park contains amazing stone structures, stunning tiling and fascinating buildings. At the entrance is the Gaudi dragon fountain. This dragon is adorned in beautiful coloured tiling and there is something rather hypnotic and magical about it.
    There you can see a rock pillars that seem to be growing out of the ground like tree trunks. Although these are rather irregular in shape they do feel strangely natural too.
    Gaudi was strongly influenced by natural shapes and used them in his work.

    At the top of park is a terraced area where is a wonderful view of the park and of Barcelona City. Here is multi-coloured tiled mosaic seats. The vibrant colours of the tiles are truly breathtaking.

    I think, the Park Guell will be well worth the visit.

    Open hours form 10:00 (closing time varies for different times of year but is normally around 19:00).
    Entrance - Free

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    Parc Guell

    by DPando Updated Mar 1, 2008

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    For locals parc guell has been a place to stroll and take a breath from the city down there for so long. And actually its a 100% touristy place.. probably since 1992 when BCN became a popular city.. before then u just could see tourist in summer.. after Olympics all year round. And Parc Guell focused so many attention for Gaudi's world attraction.. the park has so many special unique features.. designed and built under Gaudi's supervision is nowadays a preety place to stroll on a summer day by its different places.. Take a look on my pics

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    Parc Guell: Nice but that's all

    by venteca Written Feb 18, 2008
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    To be honest we would expect a litle more from this famous park. It has some Gaudi art and you will be able to visit also the Gaudi museum-house, but if you already have seen the Casa Batlo or the Casa Milla you wont find this one so entusiastic.
    Nice to visit if you have the time. Not a priority.

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