The project was carried out by Gaudi and commissioned by the industrial and patron Eusebi Guell, who conceived the idea of creating an English style garden-city, with high-class houses for Barcelona's aristocracy.
After the project failed, Gaudi himself moved to the showroom-house, which nowadays is the museum-house and contains interesting pieces of furniture designed by the artist. The park was opened in 1922, and would later on be declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It is a marvellous place to admire the work of the talented modernist architect, to go for a walk, to practice sports, to organise a picnic or to enjoy the stunning vieuws over the city of Barcelona.
Gaudi intended to design a park that would be fully integrated into nature, but also with referencs to politics (Catalanism) and religion (Catholicism). After entering by the pavilions, you go up the staircase decorated with the famous dragon and fountains, until you find the Room of 100 Columns, which actually only has 86 of them. Upstairs there is the large oval square with a ceramics bench imitating a snake, the viaducts, and on the top you can see the Calvary.
Because of the huge success of the Guell Park the last years - 4 million visitors in 2008 - the city hall is considering the idea of limiting the number of visitors to half, even though the entrance will still be free of charge.
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