Park Guel was initially planned and commissioned to be built as garden community with luxury homes away from industrial city but was an unsuccessful venture way back in early 1900s. It was later taken over by city's municipal and converted into a public park in 1926. And it was declared a UNSECO world heritage site in 1984.
We took the hop on hop off touristic bus in Barcelona to cover the not so nearby places. And one of the must see attractions on the route is the Park Guell. I had so many other places marked out on the touristic map that I planned not to spend more than an hour at this park. But we spent a whole morning in this place.. simply wandering around. There are some beautiful views and artistic structures around filling your mind and camera's memory card !!
Starting from the main entrance where there is stairs to hypostyle halls with tall columns, the pavilions, the snake like guell bench every aspect is infused so well with surrounding it does not like it has built but as if it were natural structures and a part of the landscape around.
Main Entrance to the park
Houses straight out of fairy tale books
Gaudi's signature on every structure inspired from either nature or magical world!
Long walkways along the pavilions with beautiful views of the park
Little children on school trips... there were musicians playing and artists entertaining the crowd.. (is the heading missing or what!!?????!!)
Antoni Gaudi residence - now used as a museum
- There were many tourists and residents even though it was regular working day.
- When we went in Nov 2010 all areas of the park were open and free. Now there is an entrance ticket to access all areas of the park.