We love to visit parks to see plantings, trees, and birds, but that’s beside the point at Barcelona’s Park Güell. Everyone makes the trek up to Park Güell for one thing: to take in Antoni Gaudi’s inspired conception of what was supposed to become a 60-lot housing development on a barren hill in the early 1900’s.
Who wouldn’t want to live in Park Güell? Apparently, Barcelonians showed no interest in living there in the early 1900’s. Only Gaudi and Eusebi Güell, Gaudi’s patron and owner of the land, lived in the park. After Eusebi Güell’s death, his heirs sold the park to the city, and Park Güell opened to the public as a civic park in 1926.
Gaudi’s failure in developing a property that would attract potential homeowners has blossomed into a highly successful city park and tourist attraction. A visit to this park shouldn’t be mistaken for a visit to a classical garden. When we pored over photos that we took during our visit to Park Güell, only a paltry two images were of the greenery.