Park Güell originated in 1900, when Count Eusebi Güell bought a tree-covered hillside (then outside Barcelona) and hired Gaudí to create a miniature city of houses for the wealthy in landscaped grounds. The project was a commercial flop and was abandoned in 1914 – but not before Gaudí had created 3km of roads and walks, steps, a plaza and two gatehouses in his inimitable manner. In 1922 the city bought the estate for use as a public park, Read more.
I will be totally honest, I only discovered that fact today when researching Park de Güell, I cannot believe, such a beautiful park can be a failed building project, it is totally breathtaking and like no park I have ever been.
The boys loved it, with all its walkways a paths leading to little areas and structural corridors, it really is like a beautiful adventure playground. We stopped at a cafe and had lunch in the centre of the park, the peace and tranquility is amazing to say it is located in the centre of a city.
The detail in the mosaics is amazing and must have taken ages to make. The colours and beauty of these pieces are incredible.