PARK GUELL

Opening Hours:

Summer – 08:00am – 21:30pm
Winter – 08:30am – 18:15pm

 

Excursion Details:
  • The Park Güell is a public park system composed of gardens and architectonic elements located on Carmel Hill, in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. Carmel Hill belongs to the mountain range of Collserola – the Parc del Carmel is located on the northern face.
  • The steps up from the entrance, guarded by a mosaic dragon/lizard, lead to the Sala Hipóstila (aka the Doric Temple). This is a forest of 86 stone columns, some of which lean like mighty trees bent by the weight of time, originally intended as a market.
  • On top of the Sala Hipóstila is a broad open space whose centrepiece is the Banc de Trencadís, a tiled bench curving sinuously around its perimeter and designed by architect Josep Maria Jujol (1879–1949).
  • This giant platform was designed as a kind of catchment area for rainwater washing down the hillside. The water is filtered through a layer of stone and sand, and it drains down through the columns to an underground cistern.
  • The cross-topped hilltop of Turó del Calvari in the southwest corner, which offers the best views.
  • The spired house over to the right is the Casa-Museu Gaudí, where Gaudí lived for most of his last 20 years (1906–26). It contains furniture by him (including items that were once at home in La Pedrera, Casa Batlló and Casa Calvet) and other memorabilia.
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