Park Güell, Barcelona, Spain

Postcard: Park Güell, Barcelona, Spain

It’s a surreal, enchanting place and one of Barcelona’s iconic landmarks due to its architectural and historical heritage.

  • Is a public park system composed of gardens and architectural elements located on Carmel Hill in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain.
  • It is located between the neighbourhoods of El Coll, La Salut, Vallcarca i els Penitents, El Carmel and Can Baró, in the districts of Gràcia and Horta-Guinardó.
  • It has a total surface area of 19 hectares, the equivalent of 19 Eixample city blocks, and a maximum height of 210 metres.
  • With urbanization in mind, Eusebi Güell assigned the design of the park to Antonio Gaudí, a renowned architect and the face of Catalan modernism.
  • The idea of the park was based on the English “garden cities”, much admired by Güell.
  • The park was built from 1900 to 1914 and was officially opened as a public park in 1926.
  • In 1984, Unesco declared the park a World Heritage Site under “Works of Antonio Gaudí”.
  • The best views in the park are from the cross-topped Turó de les Tres Creus (Turó del Calvari) in the southwest corner.
  • The park is extremely popular, and access to the central area is limited to 400 people every half-hour. The rest of the park is free and can be visited without booking.
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