Park Güell

Imagination and creativity of natural inspiration

Interesante por: It reflects the artistic fullness of Gaudí, known technical how the cross of four arms or the "trencadís"

Address: Carrer d'Olot, 5, 08024, Barcelona.

Times: 25 October to 28 March from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm. 29 March to 3 May and from 7 September to 4 October from 8:30 am to 7:30 pm. 4 May to 6 September from 8:30 am to 9 pm.

Price: General: 8€ / Junior (7-12 years) y + 65 years: 5,60€ / Childs (0-6): free Entrance + guided tour 2h: 20€

The Parc Güell (pronounced “Gway”) reflect Gaudí’s artistic peak. Designed during his “naturalist” phase in the first decade of the 20th century, when he perfected his personal style, taking inspiration from the organic forms of nature.

Park Güell is a large garden with architectural features, located in uptown Barcelona. Envisaged as a luxurious housing estate, it was designed by Gaudí for the businessman Eusebi Güell. Built between 1900 and 1914, it was opened as a park in 1922. In 1984 it was made a world heritage site by UNESCO.

The park was conceived by Güell and Gaudí as an estate, surrounded by incomparable nature beauty, on which a few large, extravagant buildings would be built. They used all of the technological advances of the day in an attempt to make the site comfortable, as well as several exceptional artistic features.

They also planned for the site to be imbued with a deep symbolism, and in the common areas of the park they represented many of their political and religious ideals: ranging from references to the contemporary political revival, to the ideal of religious exaltation, with mythology, history, and philosophy also alluded to.

  • The Park entrance represents the entrance to heaven, the place where calm and well-being are ever-present qualities.
  • Pavilions, because of its sense of fantasy and colourful nature, it has been compared to the house of Hansel and Gretel.
  • The lizard on the steps, built between 1900 and 1903, has become an emblem of the park and indeed the city.
  • The Squar, rainwater to drain naturally and be channelled by the columns that support the plaza, ultimately leading to an underground reservoir, 1,200m3, and the water is used to water the park.
  • House-Museum of Gaudí has an extensive collection of works of Gaudi and some of its most important partners.

Metro
L3 station Lesseps, and follow the tourist panels.