In 1900, Eusebi Güell bought 62 hectares of land on the outskirts of Barcelona to create a garden city, which was very popular in the late 19th century. The creation of the infrastructure was to be handled by Antonio Gaudi. Land Güell was cut into 62 plots and tried to sell under private mansions. The project was unsuccessful, they bought only two plots: those who could buy land were not attracted by the desert outskirts, and those who would have agreed to live on the outskirts did not have enough money. One of the houses belonged to the great Spanish architect Gaudi, he lived here for about 20 years, and now his museum is located here.

The history of the Park Guell

In 1901, work began on the creation of a park on this land. They were conducted in three stages: first, they consolidated and arranged the slopes of the hill, then paved the access roads, built the walls and entrance pavilions, and at the final stage it was planned to build several houses on the sold plots and build a famous winding parapet bench that enveloped a huge terrace area. The material for the design of the bench was collected by all the workers of all the construction sites that Gaudi was engaged at that time.

Workers were ordered everywhere to pick up broken dishes, fragments of decorative tiles and other variegated stuff, which is usually carried home from the street by small children, for which they get scolded by their parents. The parapet and the staircase leading to the terrace were gathered by the shards.

So the first “garbage” collage was created in the history of architecture, which later inspired many outstanding architects to create masterpieces.

The architecture and rich imagination of Gaudi in the Park Guell

Not inferior to the famous bench in motley and splendor is the mosaic lizard – a symbol of Barcelona. Admire (and, perhaps, be inspired by creativity) by it can be here, Park Güell. Fantastically it looks like an entrance to the park, on the sides of which there are two huge gingerbread houses with white, like glazed, roofs.

In the hillside there is a hall decorated with 86 columns. And here were useful fragments, this time bright blue, from bottles for rose water – Gaudi very much liked this color – they lined vaults. In the hall excellent acoustics, it often performs musicians. The last thing Gaudi has managed to do in the park is a complex system of roads and paths, along which it is so nice to wander in the shade of trees.

On the territory of the park there is a playground, fountains, a bar, a bookstore, a museum dedicated to the life of Antonio Gaudí, an ice rink, a place for walking with dogs and a toilet.

Helpful information

To get to the park, you need to go into the subway, take the line 3 and drive to the station Lesseps. You can also take a bus: No. 24, 31, 32, H6, 92 or Bus del barri 112 (tourist sightseeing bus of blue color). If you travel by car or take a taxi, do not be afraid of problems with parking – near the Park Güell there are several parking lots.

Tickets: To get to the territory with architectural monuments (the central part of the park), you need to purchase an entrance ticket at the ticket office at the entrance or online on the park’s website. The rest of the territory you can walk for free. The ticket to the park costs 7 EUR for adults and 5,90 EUR – for children over 6 years old. Children under 6 years old are free of charge. The prices on the page are indicated as of December 2017.

Opening hours: The park is open all year round, but the operating time depends on the season. From October 25 to March 28 here you can walk from 8:30 to 18:15, with the need to go until 17:30. From the end of March to May 3 and from September 7 to October 24, the park is open from 8:00 to 20:00, and in summer, during the high season, it closes only at 21:30. Enter the park is possible not later than half an hour before closing.

Schedule of the Gaudi House Museum:

from October to March – from 10:00 to 18:00
from April to September – from 9:00 to 20:00
25, 26 December, 1 and 6 January – from 10:00 to 14:00
Entrance to the museum – 5,50 EUR.

Opening Hours

Monday

8:00 - 21:30

Tuesday

8:00 - 21:30

Wednesday

8:00 - 21:30

Thursday

8:00 - 21:30

Friday

8:00 - 21:30

Saturday

8:00 - 21:30

Sunday

8:00 - 21:30

From October 25 to March 28: from 8:30 to 18:15. From March 29 to May 3 and from September 7 to October 24, the park is open from 8:00 to 20:00.

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