Nov
13

The detail of Park Guell in Barcelona.

I spent about 3 weeks in Barcelona and was able to see many of Antonio Gaudi’s masterpieces including the Sagrada Familia and remember asking myself “What was Antoni Gaudi thinking?” all the time and wrote about it at the time. Now I’m going back to share some of my favorite pictures from the day I spent in Park Guell.

Park Guell is an UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most impressive parks in the world. It’s also a park created by one of the worlds most famous architects Antonio Gaudi. The park was asked to be commissioned by Eusebi Guell intended for private use for about 60 families in 1900. The project was unsuccessful and even though it was never completed it became city property in 1923 and turned into a public park/garden center for all of the people of Barcelona. The park is situated on the hill of El Carmal and is visited by about 4 million people each year. When I visited the park about 2 years ago it was free to enter. Today they charge a small fee to help prevent damage to the park and keep up with maintenance cost of this beautiful masterpiece.

I remember visiting Park Guell on a beautiful sunny day in Barcelona. I took my journal and camera and knew I’d spend a whole day exploring the park relaxing along with taking the time to write in my journal. What I found most interesting of the Park Guell was the detail in the small things everywhere. Yes I fell in love with the vast views you could see of Barcelona from top of the hill and the Candyland looking homes, but it was the detail I loved most. After writing in my journal I spent hours just walking around snapping photos of all the detail. I remember taking about over 300 photos (yes of the park alone) and of those these are some of my favorite that I would like to share with you. When you go through them look at all the small detail. The colors he uses in a way bring out your emotions and calm you at the same time. It’s also like each single piece in the park is small mosaic forming a bigger picture and if you are anything like me you will wonder how did one man create all this?

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Hope you enjoyed the photos & I hope you share your thoughts below.

 

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  1. Absolutely insane, in the best way possible! I must visit this place. Thanks for sharing!

    Happy travels :)
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  2. The park was one of the places I wished I could have spent more time. It’s so colorful and beautiful, and we certainly got our exercise walking to and from the park.

    • Jaime Davila says:

      I agree Heather even though I spent a lot of time here I could have easily spent more. It’s just so beautiful.

  3. I loved Park Güel, it’s very scenic, especially on a sunny day!

    Lovers’ Park in Miraflores, Lima (Peru) took inspiration from the tile mosaic benches at Park Güel… It’s another very cool place to visit!
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    • Jaime Davila says:

      Oh wow Claus, I had never heard of that park in Peru and I hope to visit there soon. So I’m writing that down.

  4. Makes for an unbelievable contrast to Gaudi´s cathedral architecture! But it´s definitely equally unique and timeless in its design.. And I think it´s a good thing they started charging an entrance fee, it makes the crowd manageable and the overall experience more enjoyable. Always makes me sad though to think about Gaudi´s tragic end..alone, living almost like a beggar and finally ran over by tram…

    • Jaime Davila says:

      Oh man Julie, I didn’t even think about mentioning that. It’s crazy how all his projects are crazy yet different from each other. They are all though unique and timeless. As for his death when I read about it… I couldn’t believe it. It’s crazy how it all ended.

  5. Great photos! Focusing in on the details makes it look like you had the place to yourself – which, having been there earlier this year, I know is not possible! It was manic, so many people around. I loved watching all the sellers quickly pack up their goods in one swoop and head off in all directions when the police came wandering through :-)

    I agree on your thoughts on Gaudi – what WAS he thinking?! He was so far ahead of his time, with his visionary designs. LOVED La Sagrada Familia and Casa Battlo as well.

    • Jaime Davila says:

      Thanks so much Rebecca. I like what you mentioned about focusing on the detail to get the people out of it. I didn’t even think of it like that, but it’s true. Gosh I so remember how crazy it was with people every where and I also remember the sellers picking up their stuff and running. As for Gaudi we will never know what he was thinking.

  6. Awesome photos – everything is so colorful!! But yeah, definitely weird, too.
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  7. You did a great job capturing the details and the essence of the park! Some of the most beautiful pictures of Park Guell I’ve seen!!

    P.S. Did you know that they started charging admission for the park last month? Apparently, it is EUR12 (!) to get in now.

    • Jaime Davila says:

      Thanks so much Dani, I love all these photos. They are so detailed and full of color. Oh & yes I knew… I mentioned it in the post lol!!! <3

  8. so colourful!
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  9. so fancy

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