Maybe you are surprised reading about a park in our Museums Category.
Well, you shouldn’t, because the Park Güell in Barcelona Spain is not a common park!
It is a public park system of gardens and architectonic elements designed by the great architect Antoni Gaudí.
A masterpiece of art that was made by a great Artist!
It is a lush, green oasis outside the main city center of Barcelona, that is perfect for kids. The playful architecture allows for lots of exploration and invites fun games of hide-and-seek.
The park was built between 1900 and 1914. It opened as a public park in 1926.
In 1984, UNESCO declared the park a World Heritage Site under “Works of Antoni Gaudí”.
- The park is named after the industrialist Eusebi Güell, who acquired the terrain on a mountain ridge, with a fantastic view of Barcelona.
- In 1890, Güell instructed the architect Antoni Gaudí to build a garden city in which nature and equal housing should form a symbiosis.
- It was never intended to be a park. It was to be a gated residential community of 60 houses.
- The landmark of the park is a friendly dragon, watching over the entrance of the market hall.
- The actual green areas of Park Güell are carefully incorporated in the landscape and is full of a maze of trails, courses, walls, and bridges.
- The actual name is Park Guell, not Parque Guell. For some reason Gaudi wanted the name to be in English.
Park Güell is certainly the most impressive park in Barcelona. The paths through the green areas are beautiful and can enchant you.