Park Guell Monumental Zone

Park Güell Monumental Zone

Park Güell is spread over a massive 19 hectares with 1.7 hectares of the core area of the park demarcated as a restricted area. While you can explore most of the park for free, visiting the main monumental zone of the park requires you to buy a ticket. To preserve and maintain the brilliance of this architectural marvel, inspired and bolstered by nature, entrance to part of the monumental area has been restricted and keeping in mind the vulnerability and importance of this masterpiece, the restriction limits the maximum number of visitors to 800 per hour. This ensures everyone ample space and a high quality experience to enjoy this beautiful place.

A visit to Park Güell shall be considered incomplete without visiting the Monumental Zone of the Park. Located at the foot of the hill and surrounding area, the Monumental Zone has the most extraordinary structures expressing the brilliance of Gaudí’s style of architecture - buildings with roofs covered in the traditional Catalan clay mosaics, the dragon stairway accompanied by fountains along side, a huge salamander serving as a fountain, covered with traditional tile-shard mosaics, Hypostyle Room with domes of traditional clay bricks and tile mosaics, the open air Greek theatre with famous tile shard decorations and the most natural looking slanting columns resembling a collapsing wave, are some of the things that you simply cannot miss in Park Güell Monumental Zone. With spectacular panoramic views overlooking the landscapes of Barcelona it presents to you a unique essence of Gaudi’s splendour and magnificence.

Explore the Monumental Zone

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Porter's Lodge Pavilion

The main entrance to Park Güell has an impressive facade and presents a stunning view of the work of art inside. The ceramic tiled stone wall and palm leaf shaped iron gates are just a trailer of the nature inspired architectural marvels, one would witness ahead. There are two pavilions with beautiful tile shards mosaic roofs on either side of the gate. The one on the left was used as a waiting room with a telephone booth and other as residence and hence the name - Porter’s Lodge.

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The Dragon Stairway

An artistic twin flight of steps rises up from the entrance to the Hypostyle Room. Divided into three sections, the stairway has a fountain running along its edge and each landing on the way up is marked by a distinct element. The first one has goblin sculptures, further up is the emblem of Catalonia and a tile-shard mosaic-covered salamander on the third landing.

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The Hypostyle Room

The Dragon Stairway culminates into an enormous space called the Hypostyle room. The entire space is supported by 86 striped columns, with the outermost ones sloping in an undulating form contrary to the rules of classical composition. This area was intended to be the marketplace for the estate. The ceiling of the Hypostyle room consists of small domes made up of traditional clay bricks that are covered with beautiful patterns of tile-shard mosaics.

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Greek Theatre

At the centre of the Monumental Zone of Park Güell lies the huge open air space originally called the Greek Theatre and now called Plaça de la Natura (Nature Square). Sitting over Hypostyle columns, projecting out of the mountain behind and lined with tile shard mosaic patterned benches, this vast platform was planned to stage large open-air shows.

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Austria Gardens

When development for the residential plots stalled, the space demarcated for it was turned into a municipal plant nursery. With trees donated from Austria, this part of the park has a very distinguished look. The Austria gardens have a beautiful view and host two prominent houses, one of which was acquired by Gaudi’s family which has now been converted into Gaudí House museum.

The Park Guell Monumental Zone - Frequently Asked Questions

What are the zones Park Guell is divided in?
The park is divided into two zones: the unrestricted, more wooded area and the restricted zone that is home to the monuments and sculptures that Park Guell is famous for. The restricted zone is also referred to as the Monumental Zone.

Can I visit Park Guell for free?
The unrestricted zone of the park is open to everyone throughout the year and is free to access. However, the Monumental Zone of the park requires visitors to purchase a ticket.

Why is there a restricted zone in Park Guell?
From October 2013, Barcelona City Council began regulating entry to the main core of the park with the objective of preserving the iconic space and keeping it in the best possible state of conservation. For a number of year prior, unregulated entry had begun to take its toll on the surroundings, the flora of the park and contributed to degradation of Gaudi's sculpture. In order to avoid worsening of the situation, visitor tickets are being regulated.

Should I purchase Park Guell tickets in advance?
Given that the Monumental Zone of the park has entry reserved for ticket holders with only a limited number of visitors allowed in (400 persons each half hour), we recommend advance reservation and purchase of tickets to guarantee entry to the restricted area.

What places can I visit in the Monumental Zone if I purchase Park Guell tickets?
When you buy a ticket, you have access to all the places in the Park Güell restricted area, including the Casa del Guarda, the Concierge's pavilion, the Dragon staircase, Austria Gardens, the Hypostyle Room, the Portico of the Washerwoman and Plaça de la Natura. However, it does not include a visit to the Gaudi House Museum, located in the open-access area of the park.

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