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Welcoming the visitors

The Park Güell was planned on a hill far away from Barcelona to avoid all its hygiene and public order problems of the early 20th century (1900).

Gaudí designed the main entrance of this area welcoming the visitors who arrived after a long journey with two buildings following the principles of simplicity and utility.

The look and feel of the houses seem to be influenced by the story of Hansel and Gretel, from the German Brothers Grimm.

  • The first building on the left was planned to be used by the gatekeeper as his personal house to control the entrance and maintain the security of the urbanization.

  • The one on the right side was designed to accommodate the visits: a building where people would go if interested in buying one of the forty parcels planned (in the end, just one parcel was sold).

houses welcome park guell entrance walking tour

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