Barcelona: Park Güell

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Koen in Park Güell

If you Google Barcelona, you will definitely find your search results are filled with photos of Park Güell. You can’t really think of Barcelona without the architect Antoni Gaudí coming to mind. His distinctive style of Catalan Modernism is so unique and magical. So colorful and whimsical!

I was very excited about visiting Park Güell! There’s so much to see and experience. Park Güell is now a public park, but initially it was set out to be an estate for wealthy families in Barcelona, similar to the British residential parks that were popular at the time. To quote Park Güell’s website, “The complex conditions for sale of the plots, under old emphyteusis (lifetime leasehold) contracts, the lack of a suitable transport system and the highly exclusive character of the development all made it unviable. A lack of buyers led to the works being abandoned in 1914, with only two of the sixty houses envisaged having been built. The park thus became a large private garden, which Güell allowed to be used for public events, while it began to appear in tourist guides to Barcelona as one of the attractions of the city.” In 1926, Park Güell became open to the public.

One of my favorite things while visiting was getting up close and examining the details. I loved all of the mosaics – so you’ll see a recurring thing in the photos!

Tip: Definitely pre-book your tickets online! They sell out so quickly and only a limited amount of people are allowed in at a time!

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Gaudi House Museum

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Heading into the Monumental Zone

Views from the top:

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Heading down below:

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Beautiful mosaic ceiling

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The famous Dragon Fountain

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