The Park Güell is a huge garden with wonderful architectural elements made by the singular architect Antonio Gaudí. The park owes its name to Eusebi Güell, a wealthy businessman passionate about the works of Gaudí who acted as his principal patron. Although the main idea was the construction of a luxury residential complex, over the years this idea was abandoned and instead was built a park worthy as the scenario of a story.
The Park Güell was inaugurated in 1922 and since then has become one of the main tourist attractions of the city. In 1984 it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
What’s so special about The Park Güell
With an extension of more than 17 hectares, the Güell Park is covered by wavy forms, columns with the appearance of trees, animal figures and geometric shapes. Most of the surfaces are decorated with mosaics made with colorful ceramic pieces.
The architect, inspired by the forms of nature, provided the park with an impressive ornamental creation in which there is neither rigidity nor classicism. All the sinuous and colorful forms of the elements of the park possess a significant symbolism, both political and religious.
The artist took advantage of the 60-meter slope of the mountain to create a path of spiritual elevation, at the top of which he planned to build a chapel that was finally replaced by the Monument to Calvary, a promontory located in the highest part of the park from which you can get the best views of the city.
The central point of the park is a large square, this is a huge bench of 110 meters in length, with the appearance of a snake covered by small ceramic pieces.
In the grounds of the park is the Gaudi House Museum, where the architect resided between 1906 and 1925, there is a collection of works of the architect – honestly, not very interesting – is exhibited.
Next to the main entrance of the park are two little houses that look like they are drawn from a fairy tale. One of them works as a shop while the other, the Guarda House, houses audiovisual exhibitions about the past of the park.
Some facts about The Park Güell
The Güell Park is a magical and peculiar place that always surprises its visitors. A visit to Barcelona would never be complete without a walk in the Güell Park.
The entrance to the monumental area is paid, and massive queues are formed (400 people enter every half hour), so it is not a bad idea to buy the ticket online without queues and get a small discount. The regulation of access guarantees the conservation and maintenance of the Monumental Zone, which is the very fragile and overcrowded. The Park is open every day of the year.
In all corners, the architect’s passion for the forms of nature is perceived. Gaudí wanted human intervention in that forest to be integrated into the landscape, compliment it, and undoubtedly succeeded. Snails, mushrooms, leaves, flowers, stems or elephants constantly appear in mosaics, in architectural forms.