UNESCO Hunt #2: Park Guell, Spain

UNESCO Site #320bis Says:

“The seven buildings are: Parque Güell; Palacio Güell; Casa Mila; Casa Vicens; Gaudí’s work on the Nativity façade and Crypt of La Sagrada Familia; Casa Batlló; Crypt in Colonia Güell.”

After admiring the Sagrada di Familia, we thought of visiting Park Guell which you can easily go to by bus. The transportation system is quite convenient and with a few more days left in Europe, we had to save as much as we could by either walking or taking the public transportation. The entrance to the park except for the casa museu gaudi (Gaudi House-Museum).

His Home.

His World. The Master and the Person.

The story about Park Guell was that this area used to belong to a wealthy businessman who wanted to have a private enclave for the rich & wealthy. He had acquired the help of Antoni Gaudi to design the homes and the park to make the place more appealing. When the development slowly progress, the land owner slowly sold the area bit by bit. However he wasn’t successful in selling the space and in the end the project was changed to a park.

The park was just as amazing as the Sagrada Familia. His designs becamse familiar to me and easy to spot even in the park. Instead of having normal straight pillars, his was slightly bent and looked like a spinning top. Made of bricks, these pillars hold the roof solidly and looked like a piece of art from far.

We took a walk through a garden of purple flower beds, a walkway tunnel made of branches & leaves and park benches with colourful tiles. Children were playing catch while parents sit on nearby seats looking over the colourful view from the top of Park Guell. The houses below looked felt like a scene from Hansel and Gretel. It was just charming &; cute. I felt like knocking on every door!

I am a romantic at heart, especially when it comes to such romantic walkways.

I am a romantic at heart, especially when it comes to such romantic walkways.

Signature colourful tiles on the benches.

Signature colourful tiles on the benches.

Underneath the colourful tiles are more spaces to play with.

Underneath the colourful tiles are more spaces to play with.

A view of Hansel & Gretel-like village from above.

A view of Hansel & Gretel-like village from above.

It's quite a happening crowd on the weekend.

It’s quite a happening crowd on the weekend.

The Gaudi House-Museum

Antoni Gaudi had lived in this building for nearly 20 years, originally conceived as a show house for Park Guell. His father had bought it in 1906, shortly before he died, and since then Gaudi and his niece had lived there. Every morning, after saying his prayers, he would head to the Sagrada Familia to oversee the works. When his niece died in 1912, he was left alone in the house but the Carmelite nuns helped him with the houseworkd and he enjoyed the company of friends. He later on moved to the workshop in the Sagrada Familia to follow up close on the building. When Gaudi died in 1926, his house was converted into the Gaudi House-Museum which contains a collection of objects designed by him.

His rooms, bathroom, dining halls were all open to public and we had a chance to view all of it. Even the design of his wardrobe is quite odd looking! He had the wardrobes fit into contours of the wall giving it a little curvy look. It was nice to be a guest in Gaudi’s house even during that little bit of time.

If you happen to make your way here to Park Guell, do take the time to enjoy his designs and take more photos of it (I wish I had done that!). Don’t forget to also pay a visit to his home while you’re there. If you’re tired, there’s a nice cafe facing the park which has good coffee and ice cream that you can enjoy while taking a break from the park.

Address: Park Guell, Carrer d’Olot, 13, 08024 Barcelona, Spain. Phone: 932 130 488
Opening hours: October-March: from 10 am to 6 pm, April-September: from 10 am to 8 pm
Admission: Euro 5.50

We have located Gaudi's home!

We have located Gaudi’s home!

For a gothic design church, his house is sure a contrast in pink!

For a gothic design church, his house is sure a contrast in pink!

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Downstairs, a piano sits quietly in the corner of his living area.

Gaudi's bedroom when was living there.

Gaudi’s bedroom when was living there.

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Yes this mirror is more like his design in the Sagrada Familia.

What a neat and cute toilet.

What a neat and cute toilet.

 

About Yafieda Jamil

A Malaysian girl currently working abroad in Phnom Penh city. I love a good road trip, hot cappuccinos, spicy food and staring at old buildings. My mission is to inspire people to see the world differently before we all get any older. Oh and giraffes are the most beautiful creatures on earth.

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