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Designed by Antonio Gaudí and built between 1900 and 1914, Güell Park is a formidable and beautiful public park inaugurated in 1926. It is located north of Barcelona and was originally planned as a housing development at the end of the 19th century.
This park was designed at the time of Gaudí’s greatest creative fulfilment, during the so-called Naturalist Stage, when this great Catalan architect perfected his particular organic style. At that time, Gaudí stood out for his regulated geometry and his inspiration in the Baroque style, with structures free from conventional rigidity and in which everything seemed to flow freely.
Both Güell and Gaudí devised the park so that its natural beauty would merge with ergonomic and excellent artistic finishes loaded with strong symbolism, with organic shapes creating a unique and spectacular atmosphere that intoxicates visitors.
All this allegory was designed within a very particular iconography used by Gaudí, with a clearly nationalist style that sought to exalt and vindicate Catalan values. Throughout the park is a series of interesting and cryptic elements of a mysterious nature. Many historians affirm that it enhances the deep beliefs of the great architect.
Like many other works by Gaudí, Güell Park is a magnified portent of the immense talent of this great Catalan who deserved the declaration of Asset of Cultural Heritage Interest and then, in 1984, the important and exclusive declaration of World Heritage by UNESCO.