GAUDÍ’S PARK GÜELL

Park Güell is located on Carmel Hill, approximately 4 kms. from the centre of Barcelona. It overlooks the city. The Park is easily accessible by public bus. In 2007 my grand-daughter and I caught the bus, but I was more than a little edgy as I had no idea when and where we should alight. The bus was crowded and we found that when we arrived at the terminus we were at Park Güell, along with a bus full of park visitors – all was well!

One of Gaudí’s best friends and patron, Eusebi Güell, commissioned Gaudí to design many buildings. Their most famous collaboration was the lush Park Güell. The English spelling of the word ‘Park’ is original and deliberate.  Eusebi Güell was inspired by the British garden suburbs and wanted to create an English garden city.  This is where Gaudí turned his hand to landscape gardening, where his passion for using nature in all of his creations took prime place, bringing the artificial to look natural in many unusual forms. It seems that Gaudí unleashed a playful, humorous side. The basic concept of using nature as the primary influence for his creativity is reflected in the use of the natural curved construction stones, twisted iron sculptures and organic-like shapes, all of which are characteristic traits of Gaudí’s architecture. There is a forest of 88 stone columns, some of which lean like mighty trees bent by the weight of time.  There is an elaborate tessellated curved bench which snakes its way around a large open-air square, decorated in the shattered ceramic style with broken bottles and plates, a technique called trencadis.  Gaudí respected the vegetation already growing on the property, such as the carob and olive trees, and when new species were introduced he chose Mediterranean plants that did not require much water. Work at the Park commenced in 1900 and lasted until 1914 and became municipal property in 1923. Gaudí lived the last 20 years of his life (1906-1926)in one of the two houses built within the Park. Today it houses the Gaudí Museum. In 1984 Park Güell was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  An unusual intriguing Park, befitting a Fairy Tale.

Antoni Gaudí Quote – Nothing is art if it does not come from nature.

The Basilica l Temple Explatori de la Sagrada Familia is a large Roman Catholic church in Barcelona, Catalonia (Spain), designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí. Although incomplete, the Church is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

CASA MILÀ, popularly known as La Pedrera (meaning “The Quarry”), is a modernist building in Barcelona built between 1906 and 1910. CASA BATLLÓ is another Gaudí masterpiece. The local name for the building is Casa dels ossos (House of Bones) as it has a skeletal organic quality. There are few straight lines and much of the facade is decorated with colourful mosaics made of broken ceramic tiles.

Flowers in the city of Barcelona.

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3 thoughts on “GAUDÍ’S PARK GÜELL

  1. Marjorie and I have been to Barcelona, but not to Park Güell. I’m not sure that I would like it; I’d be worried about an overhanging rock becoming dislodged and falling on me. I wonder how they’re fastened in place.
    We saw some of Gaudi’s architecture in the city and spent a couple of hours at “La Sagrada Familia”. I was much more impressed with the Cathedral than I expected I would be. It’s amazing!

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  2. Now we have seen more of Spain, We have seen some different areas from our Grand daughter Corinne’s photos.
    Great Photos and marvelous commentary, looking forward to the next issue. Don & Jill

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