guide to Park Guell
Park Guell is one of the most impressive
public parks in the world. The park is located in Barcelona
and was designed by famous architect Antonio Gaudi.
Gaudi planned and directed the construction
of the park from 1900 to 1914 for Eusebi Guell for a
residential park intended for sixty single- family
The project, however, was unsuccessful and
the park became city property in 1923. Though never fully
completed, it still remains one of Gaudi's most colorful and
Park Guell, intended to serve Guell's private city, became all of Barcelona's,
then the world's favourite. Gaudi let loose his imagination.
While for houses he drew on natural forms, here he shaped nature into
colonnades, archways and covered galleries with well-camouflaged artificial structures.
It's a playground for the mind: visual jokes, like columns that simulate
palm-tree trunks, rubble-surfaced arches that grow out of the ground, quilts of ceramic
A graceful gazebo is made of twisted angle iron - cheap to make, looks good,
does not lie about its material yet its shape is as softly curved as climbing vines.
The centrepiece is the intended covered market, a majestic forest of fluted
columns. Its roof forms a vast terrace with a view of the city.
It's surrounded by an undulating continuous bench, the back of which forms a
balustrade, its entire surface encrusted with ceramic shards of all colours, some randomly
arranged, some in patterns.
The seat is unusually comfortable for a
stone bench: Gaudi had a workman drop his pants and sit in
soft plaster to record the correct anatomical curve -
foreshadowing the science of ergonomics by half a
Past the entrance a smiling dragon stretches
in the middle of the divided stairway.
Children love it and few adult visitors can
resist patting the beast on the head - the park has that
kind of spirit.
Park Guell is one of Barcelona’s most famous
On any day, and especially on weekends, you can see hordes of tourists and
locals staring awestruck at the gingerbread gatehouses and snapping photos of the giant ceramic
lizard/dragon on the stairs that lead up the hillside.
Below sits a reservoir for the park's fountains. Above rests a terrace lined
with an organic, tile-covered bench ergonomically designed against the back of a worker on the
Park Guell is one of the most important sights in Barcelona and one of Gaudi’s