"Details in a perfect overall harmony" Parc Guell Tip by Joacim

Parc Guell, Barcelona: 327 reviews and 695 photos

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This popular park started out as a development project. Eusebi Guëll, a well known Catalan industrialist, acquired a 17ha / 42acre large hilly plot in the Gràcia district, north of Barcelona. He wanted to turn the area into a residential garden village based on English models. 60 Housing units as well as several public buildings were planned.

In 1900 Guëll commissioned his friend and protégé Antoni Gaudí with the development of the project. With the support from other architects including Josep M. Jujol and his disciple Francesc Berenguer, Gaudí worked on the garden village until 1914 when it was clear the project was a commercial failure: Guëll failed to sell a single house. In 1918 the city acquired the property and in 1922 it was opened to the public as a park.

Between 1906 and 1926, Gaudí lived in one of the two houses that were completed in the area. The house, known as the Casa Museu Gaudí, was designed by Francesc Berenguer. It serves as a museum and displays some of Gaudí's furniture (including some from the Casa Batlló) and drawings. The park also includes the Casa Trias (not open for visitors) and winding roads with paths supported by tree-like columns.

The Parc Guëll was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1984.

This is a place where you should visit!!!

Address: Carrer d'Olot 7, Vallcarca, Gràcia, 08024
Directions: Metro; line 3. Lesseps Station, then follow the street signs.
Phone: 93-317-39-740
Website: http://www.bcn.es/parcsijardins

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Dec 27, 2007
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