What is the Parc Güell
Filled with trees, curves and very colorful, Park Güell was built in 1900 as a private park and became public in 1922. There is much to do in Park Güell from its elaborate staircase to the pavilions tour, the oval square and much more. Next to the park, in the Way of the Rosary, is located the Pink Tower, the Gaudí residence between 1906 and 1925 and that today is a very interesting museum to know. Everything inside the Park Güell is magical and you will want to photograph every detail of the buildings. To save a bit and secure your entrance, buy the tickets directly on the park’s website.
The dream of Gaudí
The model in which the park was inspired by Gaudí was in the English educational establishments with the houses scattered around the enclosure where everyone could live at their own pace, based on these premises Güell and Gaudí designed the park.
Güell had to buy adjoining land to form a silhouette that had 7 sides, and 7 doors with a total of 12 hectares and divided it into 60 equal triangles, in the center of each plot was built a property with a garden, in an era where families rich had many children and servitude.
Another inspiration of the park was the Sanctuary of Apollo a model of the sacred precincts of antiquity. Güell and Gaudí wanted it to be a private urbanization, but the truth is that in this park nothing was normal, beginning with its architecture but also with the dream of a perfect society.
Park Güell overflows with symbolism, of the 7 doors, 3 were built with bars, two on the tips and one on the highest side of the park, but the main entrance greater and more grandiose in proportion to the wall, never reached to be made. Next to the entrance there are very curious pavilions and that the outer wall closes based on them.
Gaudí mixed several symbolisms in one thing, for example in front of the pavilion on the right there is a strange cave that was thought to park cars but at the same time because of its size and texture it looks like an elephant, but you can only see the belly and the legs although if you look closely from inside and outside sore to show the trunk and tail. also with the cave paid homage to the famous medieval crypt of Sant Pere de Rodes (Cadaqués) which has a very similar central column. As the playful thinking predominates and this is not the only elephant, the two pavilions at the entrance amaze with their amazing roof with bright colors that reflect the sunlight. It has the shape of a saddle but not of a horse, but of a much wider elephant, which can carry towers as in old paintings with warriors.
How to get Parc Güell Barcelona
The park is in Carrer d’Olot, s / n, and a tip to get to Park Güell is to take buses, because there are several lines that pass close to the park and is a great way to get away from the traffic of the city. The bus lines that go to it are at 24, 31, 32, 74, 92 and 112, another way to get there is by subway, you should exit at the Lesseps station of Line 3.
Be sure to go in the late afternoon and contemplate the beautiful sunset, that can be seen from the highest part of the park.
Parc Güell Timetable
The time of visit to the Park varies according to the season, months and every year. In the low season, the schedules between January 1st and March 25th from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and from October 29th to December 31st from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. between March 26th and April 30th, the hours are from 8:00 a.m to 08:30 p.m. In the high season (spring-summer) between May 1st and August 27th, the hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Lastly, in the middle season (summer-fall), from August 28th to October 28th, the hours are from 8:00 a.m to 8:30 p.m
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