CASA VICENS GUIDED TOUR: FIRST GAUDÍ’S HOUSE + PARK GÜELL SKIP THE LINE

This guided tour will take you to discover the first house built by Antoni Gaudí, a work that anticipates modernism in Catalonia and the fantastic Park Güell, both declared UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. Casa Vicens. Was built as a summer house between 1883 and 1885; it was designed by the 31-year-old Gaudí for Manel Vicens i Montaner (1836-1895), a broker-dealer. It is Gaudí’s first building in Barcelona where he was able to display his enormous talent. In Casa Vicens, Gaudí recreated the figurative worlds that were fashionable at the time, but in a highly personal way. The house is built following Catalan construction traditions, which the architect interpreted in unexpected ways, while he also incorporated his own decorative and symbolic elements. As a whole, it heralds and displays the creative freedom that would become the hallmark of his entire life’s work. In addition to being one of the starting points of Gaudí’s career, the architect created an innovative, original work in Casa Vicens which is different from anything that had been built in Catalonia before it. Casa Vicens thus became one of the first examples of the aesthetic renewal of art and architecture that was taking place all around Europe in the late 19th century. It is the eighth building in Barcelona listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site and the last to be opened to the public. After the tour the guide will accompany you to the coach that will take you to the meeting point of the next tour. Park Güell. Don't miss the Park Güell: it will surprise you! You will not find any park like this one in the world! Antoni Gaudi was commissioned to build this architectural wonder by Count Güell, who wanted him to plan an elegant residential area. Today it is a public park and it belongs to the city heritage. It has been declared UNESCO’s World Heritage Site and is just another wonder that awaits you on your visit to Barcelona. During the visit we will enter Park Güell through the big staircase dominated by the dragon, decorated with mosaic of ceramic tiles, the Catalan style known as “trencadís”. This dragon is one of the most characteristic images of Barcelona. Originally written Park Güell (using the English spelling), the park is arranged around a large central square bordered by a snaky bench covered by the “trencadís” mosaic style. Below the square, the roof is supported by 86 Doric columns shaped like trees, with paths between them, and viaducts on sloping columns: Gaudí's work, like no other, unites nature and architecture. Visit ends in Park Güell.

Location : CASA VICENS: Balmes, 5 (Barcelona)PARK GÜELL: Souvenir shop at 12 Olot St, in front Park Güell main entrance.

Things you should know about this activity

INCLUSIONS: Air conditioned motor coach. Bilingual official guide. Transfer from Julià Travel Office to Casa Vicens. Transfer from Casa Vicens to Park Güell. Tickets and guided visit to Casa Vicens and Park Güell. EXCLUSIONS: Transfer to city center. Food and drinks, unless specified. Hotel pickup and drop-off. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Please be aware this is a walking tour, please be ready and we recommend wear comfortable clothes and shoes.

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