Saturday, 17 December 2011

Barcelona - Park Guell

Park Guell is in the northern part of the city and a bit of a trek to get to, but it is worth it.  The intent of Eusebi Guell, the owner of the land, was to have 60 homes developed here, however, the park itself was a venture of Antonio Gaudi who lived in one of the two homes that actually got completed there.

Gaudi developed the serene park between 1910-14 to entice people to live there. Eventually the park, that was intended to replicate an English garden, became a visiting place for the locals to get away from the grime of the crowded city center and it seems to fulfill much the same function now for both locals and tourists alike.
There are a variety of shapes and designs throughout the park, with a sitting arena with thousands of mosaics imbedded into the concrete, irregular and rough terrace walls and columns holding up an upper portion of the park. I hope my pictures go some way to capture the atmosphere of this beautiful location.

Ongoing restoration.

Seated amongst the mosaics.

The view over the city.

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