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Antoni Gaudí is probably the best-known representative of Catalan Modernisme, a style of art characterized by organic structures and bright colours, comparable to Hundertwasser’s style of art and architecture. Although the Sagrada Familia is Gaudí’s best known work, there are a couple of notable pieces to be seen in and around Barcelona. Parc Guell shows different pieces of Gaudí artwork on 17 hectares. It includes not only fountains, sculptures and columns, but also a hand full of buildings including a museum with more Gaudí art. The park itself does not charge any entry fees and is open during daytime from 10 am on. There is a fee to see the Gaudí Museum.
Originally an experimental urban project, the lack of interest led to a redesign of the area as an art park. The failed project was backed by the industrial magnate Eusebi Guell who became the name patron of the park. It was installed between 1900 and 1914 and afterwards abandoned. Even if it looks sometime like Disneyland – it’s real early 20th century art, from a time when Mickey Mouse wasn’t even born. In 1994, it became part of an UNESCO World Heritage site called “Works of Antoni Gaudí”. Located on a hill, you can enjoy a beautiful view on Barcelona from there. The location on a hill also means a lot of steps to reach the higher located points. Especially during summertime, the park is popular with visitors of all ages. School and student trips to Barcelona use this is a compulsory stop, so that you will see many groups of youngsters exploring the park. All in all, it’s full of tourists, but there’s no reason to avoid this park. Even if you don’t like your touristy fellows, there are some quieter corners in the park.
Address: Carrer d'Olot 7, Vallcarca, Gràcia, 08024
Directions: Metro; line 3. Lesseps Station, then follow the street signs.
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