Park Guell

Antoni Gaudí's Park Güell

Park Güell was built and designed by Gaudí between 1900 and 1914

Barcelona, Spain
Kasper Christiansen
Text & photos: Kasper Christiansen
14th of April 2020 (revised version)

Park Güell was never finished. The buildings you see in the park today are just a fraction of those who were intended to be built if the original plan had been followed. But Barcelona was suffering after the so-called Tragic Week (Setmana Tràgica, 1909) characterized by a deep crisis, and the wealthy people of the city, that the Park was built for withdrew from the project. Eusebi Güell, who stood behind the project, died in 1918 and a few years after that his son sold to the Town Hall. Thus, Park Güell became a public park, one of the largest in Barcelona.

Park Güell is one of the most popular sights to visit in Barcelona. Indeed, it is Barcelona's most visited turist attractions. Park Güell is not only known for Antoni Gaudí's famous architecture, but also for its excellent views, the street performers, musicians and entertainers and the plants and trees.

Views from the Park Guell over Barcelona
Views of the City of Barcelona from Park Güell

Park Güell - the story behind the Park

Park Güell is a nearly 20 acres big and is located on the Caramel hill in the Gracia Quarter. The park is among other things known for its stunning mosaic bench on the terrace overlooking the most of Barcelona. The bench was designed by Antoni Gaudí, in collaboration with Josep Maria Jujols.

In the Park you will also find the house where Gaudí lived from 1901 to 1925, not designed by Gaudí himself but by one of his students, Francesc Berenguer. The house currently operates as a museum where it is possible to see some of Antoni Gaudí's furniture.

Mosaic Park Güell
Mosaic Park Güell by Antoni Gaudí

1900 and the depression in Barcelona

Antoni Gaudí began construction in 1900. However, In the middle of the building project, the crisis La Setmana Tragica (The Tragic Week), started. This conflict would mean problems for the Park, a conflict that started when the government in Madrid demanded that the 40,000 Catalans were enrolled in the army for a war against Morocco.

Views of the city from Antoni Gaudí's Park Güell
Views of the city from Antoni Gaudí's Park Güell
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