One of the great patrons for whom Antoni Gaudí worked wasEusebio Güellfor whom he designed, among other things, the installations at Colonia Güell. Although without a doubt, the last name of this industrialist has already gone down in art history for financing the works of Park Güell, which in reality is the result of a failure.
Gaudí's Park Güell
The initial purpose was to build gardens and a large luxury residential area here. But only one of those houses was ever built, the one that was going to be the pilot building, and which coincidentally ended up becoming the home of Gaudí for years, which is currently a museum about the great architect of Catalan Modernism.
In total, Park Güell extends over more than 17 hectares, and Antoni Gaudí worked on it from its beginnings in 1899 until 1914, when the outbreak of the World War I and poor business prospects led to the completion of the works.
In addition to the house itself, which looks like something out of a story, all the decoration and urban planning inside the park is a hymn to nature. Gaudí dedicated himself to transporting the lines of nature to his design.
And of the whole set there are several elements that particularly attract attention. Starting with the grand staircase that dominates one of the most emblematic views of the gardens. Meanwhile inthe central point reveals a grandiose bank with more than 100 meters in length, and where there is not a single straight section. It is a sinuous continuum reminiscent of a giant snake. Even the snake's skin is evoked in the famous Gaudí mosaics. A mosaic technique with brightly colored tiles called trencadís and which is also found in another of the park's icons, known as the Dragon Fountain.
Also noteworthy is the area of the 86 columns, which the architect originally conceived as a commercial area within the residential area. A columned and covered space that should be the link between the organic constructions of modernist art and nature that continues in the northern part of the park. Today it is one of the most photogenic spaces in the complex.
As well as the highest point, with the three monumental crosses and known as Calvary, from where there is an incredible view of Barcelona.
There are many tourists who visit it, and after the death of Eusebio Güell the family abandoned the project completely and sold it to the Barcelona City Council, and it ended up being inaugurated as a park in 1922, when Gaudí was still living in the house of the entrance.