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Parc Güell

Like mаny places of interest and famous buildings in Barcelona, Parc Güell is part and parcel of the name of Gaudí: here the Catalan genius applied himself as a decorative gardener. This quaint enchanted place is so much a reflection of Gaudí's love towards natural forms and his contempt towards the straight line, that here the artificial seems more natural than the natural itself.

The project of Pаrc Güell began in 1900, when Count Eusebi Güell purchased a wooded hill outside of the city boundaries and hired Gaudí to create a miniature community for the wealthy that would be surrounded by man-made gardens. The project was a financial disaster and was abandoned in 1914, but not before Gaudí had managed to build 3 kilometres worth of roads and paths, a few staircases, one square and two warden houses, all in his inimitable style. In 1922 the city administration bought out Güell's land and turned it into the city park that nowadays is the most visited park in Barcelona.

The mаin entrance on Carrer d'Olot is very easily recognizable by two warden houses taken straight from the fairytale of Hansel and Gretel. One of them is a rounded structure with playful curves, where the exhibition on the history of the park and on Gaudí's methods is open (admission is 2€). From the upper floor you can marvel at the beautiful view of Barcelona. The other warden house serves as a souvenir shop, so the access is free and you still may climb the stairs to the upper floor and look around.

The stаirs up from the main entrance lead to Sala Hipóstila (the Doric Temple). The staircase is guarded by the mosaic dragon-lizard, whose miniature copies sell well at souvenir shops all across Barcelona. The Doric Temple is a forest of 88 pillars, some of which are like century-old trees bowing under the weight of time. At the top of the Temple is a vast open space entwined by a tiled bench that was designed by Gaudí's close colleague, Josep Maria Jujol. To the left and right of the giant platform, as well as all around the park, are artificial semi-tunnels formed by slanting pillars of stone and sand. These were designed by Gaudí as a drainage system for rain water flowing down the hill: water is filtered trough layers of stone and sand and subsequently drips down the pillars to an underground reservoir.

Аnother house painted in coral pink and crowned with a small spire hides to the right of the Jujol's bench somewhere in the park. This house was Gaudí's haven where he lived for the most of last twenty years of his life. There are some furnishings and other relics inside. The house was built in 1904 by Francesc Berenguer i Mestres as a prototype of the 60 planned houses to be purchased by rich citizens, but it remained the only one to be actually built as the Güell project, as already mentioned, was unsuccessful.

The vаst majority of Parc Güell is still wooded, but is also covered by a web of paths and wide and narrow stone stairs. The park is very popular: it is visited by 4 million people annually! Even though its secluded corners rarely can be classified as such anymore, the general rule of thumb is that the worst of the crowds are always concentrated around the warden houses. The higher you climb, the less visitors you will encounter on the way.

Starting in October 2013, the entry to Parc Güell is no longer free. Admission is 8€ (7€ if the tickets are purchased online).

Main entrance to Parc Güell Warden houses of Parc Güell
Turret of the second warden Crown of another pinnacle of the second warden
Famous dragon-lizard of Parc Güell Long tiled bench by Josep Maria Jujol
Stone and sand pillars of Parc Güell One of the pillars in a man-made semi-tunnel of Parc Güell
Casa-museu Gaudí Casa-museu Gaudí in Parc Güell
View of the Parc Güell staircase and Sala Hipóstila (the Doric Temple) Warden
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