It's been a while since I wrote something about one of the great arts realized by Antoni Gaudí.
That's how today not just that we are going to discover an incredible place built by this human being but also a unique park in the world.
Just like I mentioned, Park Güell represents another gem of Gaudí which was projected by him and realized between 1900 - 1914, taking about 70 years to earn its position on the UNESCO list.
Even though you wouldn't know this art belongs to the famous artist, from your first steps made on the park you will discover the specific style of creating beautiful arts, remembering the colourful mosaic pavement with unusual shapes, the dragons and the lizards, the endless columns and so on.
You don't need any more information to realize you are facing another treasure of this man.
The park is located on a mountain called Muntanya del Caramel which is known as The Bald Mountain due to what the mountain had to endure for making the park being realized successfully.
The altitude of Park Güell is 265,6meters above the water level and it covers a total surface of ~17ha. To carry out the project, the mountain had to get rid of a huge part of forest in order to be enough space for the exotic park that it was yet to be born.
Even though it was sacrificed a part of the Earth's lung, the masterpiece which nowadays attracts millions of tourists from all over the world, made it definitely worth it.
In plus, there are some great landscapes you can enjoy on the way to the park, or even straight from Park Güell.
Depending from which side you are joining the park, you will discover numerous buildings which vary from shapes to composition, from details to colours, from history to meaning, as the wavy constructions likened to lava rivers, the passages covered by columns in forms of trees or the stalactites, caves, and geometric shapes.
Most of the existing arts are being covered with ceramic pieces or broken faiences painted in the style of a mosaic, the method being known as Trencadis.
The whole vegetation that is found in the park, was planted on the artist's orders who wished to reproduce an organic and urban location populated with the Mediterranean native species, such as: palm trees, lavender, pine, eucalyptus, oak, acacia, magnolia, ivy, rose rock, and more.
Park Güell is also known as the Barcelona fanciful garden that represents a genuine oasis of silence, away from the pollution and crowded places, which is not the most wonderful fantasy of greenery from the city, and maybe in the world too.
The name of the park comes from the Count Eusebi Güell i Bacigalupi, a very wealthy and daring man of Barcelona, who was working in the past with Gaudí for making a residential complex of 60 houses near the city, away from the crowded and common Barcelona everyone was used with.
Due to the war that started in 1914, only 3 out of the 60 houses have been built.
Being some buildings which could be afforded only by people with a powerful financial situation, no one of them was sold.
So Count Eusebi Güell i Bacigalupi decided to offer one of these to Gaudí where he lived for a few years with his father, but which later on was moved into the park, adding to this one a city tint.
The architecture of the house is a throwback to childhood where the walls are similar to gingerbread dough with cinnamon, the whole landscape being completed by a little castle next to the house, with a blue&white enamelled tower from where you have a panoramic view over the park.
Both of the buildings are made to reproduce the house of the witch and the one of the kids from Hänsel și Gretel story, probably one of the stories which is often told by our grandparents.
Even though the castle is dedicated to the bad witch, its architecture has nothing to do with it since it's decorated with different coloured sweets.
From the tower of the house, the park is supervised by park guards, only the first floor being dedicated to the tourists where they can attend to various expositions which are hosted inside.
The other house can be entirely visited, where tourists can find out some more things about Gaudí and Güell, but also buy souvenirs, albums, travel guides, jewellery and postcards from the shop which is on the first floor.
Right in front of the two tiny houses, you will notice tourists going up and down the stairs in every part of the year, where is the main access to the park.
The wonderful journey is accompanied by lots of vegetation and some water flows which are keeping away the hot days of summer, which is also the place from where many birds that have their house in the park, quench their thirst.
Before reaching the main attraction of the park, the last stairs bring you next to the emblematic figure that represents the best Park Güell and its creator - a salamander.
Just as Gaudí has already got us used with its way of creating art, the little animal is made out in Trencadis style with its mouth wide open creating the illusion of a smile to every tourist that crosses by.
The main attraction that every tourists take at least 10 photos and where most of the people are, is called Hipòstila Hall.
The huge columns inspired from the Greek temples represent the ground of the principal terrace of the park from where you will have a great landscape over the city and the sea from behind.
The most scenic and wonderful moments spent in the Hipòstila Hall are when the sun rays are gently caressing the gloss of the colorful mosaic located on the ceiling.
Another thing that will remind you about the famous artist from Barcelona, is the meaning of the mosaic shapes which are identical to the ones found in Sagrada Familia - the sun and the moon but also the 4 seasons of the year which are blending perfectly.
The 86 columns are also called The Hall of the 100 Columns, because they also have the mission of gathering the water that falls aparts during rainy periods, which is being collected into a special room used as a tank, the rest of the 14 columns being the little rivers of the water.
The terrace from above is also known as the Greek Theater Market and it was under renovation when we visited Barcelona back in March, but there were still plenty of people taking advantage of it.
On this part of Park Güell, the ground is filled with sand and surrounded with small ornamental stones in shape of bench balustrade representing a wave that comes from Mediterranean Sea.
The bench is 110m long and it's very welcoming for all the tourists who want to take a break after a long walk along the 17ha of Park Güell, being created mindfulness.
The story behind this balustrade was that after visitors spend lots of energy and exuberancy discovering the whole park, they will also need some cozy moments to rest before heading to another touristic atraction.
The form of the bench was specially created with the help of a worker who had to stand still in soft gypsum for the purpose of achieving the right shape of a body when it's resting, and it has the 12 zodiac signs in its composition.
Not too far from the terrace we were talking before you will find some incredible corridors and viaducts with arches made out from columns resembled to stalactites and tree trunks that leave your imagination to think about some real bones and vertebras to some of the prehistoric giants sacrificed for the art sake.
The park that represents nowadays one of the biggest architectural works of southern Europe, it was suposed to be a fortress garden for these who wished to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, but which didn't take too long time until it became a true masterpiece, just like the other works of Gaudí.
SCHELUDE OF VISITING Park Güell
- 1st January - 28th March: 8.30AM - 6.15PM;
- 29th March - 3rd May: 8AM - 8PM;
- 4th May - 6th September: 8AM - 9.30PM;
- 7th September - 24th October: 8AM - 8PM;
- 25th October - 31st December: 8AM - 6.15PM.
TICKETS FOR VISITING Park Güell
- Adults: 10€;
- Children (7 - 12 years old): 7€;
- Old people (65+ years old): 7€;
- Guided Tour: 25€;
- "Gaudí Bundle" (Park Güell + Sagrada Familia): 35€;
- Kids (0 - 6 years old): FREE.
Keep in mind that Park Güell has many entrances and so are the posibilities of reaching it from different parts of Barcelona and various options of public transportation.
The first one is with the metro - L3 and drop on Vallcara from where you will need to walk a few minutes until you reach the park, but there are many rolling stairs specially created for tourists and make the walking to the mountain easier as the ramp is pretty stamp.
The 2nd one is also with the metro - L3 and drop on Lesseps from where you will walk around 15-20 minutes as there is more than 1km to be walked.
The 3rd one is with the bus nr. 24 taken from Placa de Catalunya and you will need to wait 19 stations until you reach the park, because this one brings you way closer to it comparing with the other options. (on the side entrance of the park)
The address of Park Güell is: Provincia Barcelona, Barcelona, Spania, 08024 and you need between 3-5hours to visit it properly.
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