Barcelona: Güell Park and Other Sights
On the second full day in Barcelona we visited a few more architectural marvels, then took the metro
to the park designed by Antoni Gaudí, the Parque Güell. It was, as expected, unlike any park that
any of us had ever visited.
The Catalan Music Palace (Palau de la Música Catalan), which demonstrates that Gaudí was not
the only highly creative architect in Barcelona around the turn of the century (built 1905-08).
As Wikipedia notes, this building was "designed in the Catalan modernista style by the architect
Lluis Domènech i Montaner".
Architect Lluis Domènech i Montaner also designed this residence, the Casa Lleó Morera.
It is one of the large homes on the same block as Gaudí's Casa Batlló--the collection of
residences known as the "Block of Discord" (Illa de la Discórdia) because of the variety of
distinctive architectural styles found on this one short stretch of Passeig de Grácia.
An overview of Barcelona and the Mediterranean from the walkway to the Parque Güell,
a large and elaborate city park designed by Antoni Gaudí.
The house on the right has an "occupy" (OKUPA) message for the tourists, including
the English phrase "We know your capitalist paradise".
The raised plaza and school building in the center of the Parque Güell.
Some of the buildings at the entrance to the lower central portion of the Parque Güell,
the "monumental zone", which requires a ticket and reservations. We missed that part due
to the difficulty of reserving a time slot that we could fit into, but we did walk around
the rest of the park.
Some of the rustic rock columns covering and/or supporting paths around the park.
Not all of the balconies in Barcelona were designed by Gaudí. Many were fairly ordinary,
perhaps encouraging the occupants to provide their own decorations?
After our day in the park we of course visited the beach. That horizontal wedge of blue
to the right of the volleyball net is the Mediterranean Sea.
The pictures of this trip are divided into several sets: