March 25 to April 29 : 8.00 to 20.30 (last entry 19.30)
April 30th to August 26 : 8.00 to 21.30 (last entry 20.30).
August 27 to October 27 : 8.00 to 20.30 (last entry 19.30)
October 28 to December 31 : 8.30 to 18.30 (last entry 17.30)
Barcelona, CT Spain
Barcelona’s Park Güell is a public park filled with gardens and unique architectural features. It is located in the upper part of Barcelona on the southern slope of Mount Carmelo, which is part of the Sierra de Collserola mountain range.
The park was designed by famous Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí, who is Catalonia’s greatest representation of modernism. Gaudí is also the architect of many other famous works in the city including the much-visited Sagrada Familia and Casa Batlló. Park Güell was commissioned by wealthy entrepreneur Eusebi Güell, who gives the park its name.
Let’s take a tour of Park Güell. You know it will be breathtaking – it’s on the UNESCO World Heritage Centre list of Works of Antoni Gaudí.
History of Park Güell
Park Güell is named after Eusebi Güell, a wealthy Catalonian entrepreneur and influential member the Barcelona bourgeoisie. A close friend of Gaudí, he commissioned several of his works including Palau Güell, Bodegas Güell, Pabellones de la Finca Güell and the Colonia Güell crypt.
Park Güell’s story begins in 1899 when Eusebi Güell bought two plots of land from Montaña Pelada, known today as today Monte Carmelo. His idea was to have Gaudí convert the land into a garden city, inspired by English gardens.
In 1969, Park Güell was named a Historic and Artistic Monument of National Character. In 1984, the park was added to the list of Works of Antoni Gaudí recognized by the UNESCO World Heritage Centre.
Visiting Park Güell
The 17.18 hectare park has many incredible architectural details that clearly show Gaudí’s efforts to make this space unique. Look to the wavy shapes reminiscent of flowing lava, the covered walkways with columns shaped like trees, the icicle and geometric shapes, and the use of ceramic and colored glass, to name a few characteristics that make this park like no other. The park is full of flowers.
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