Trencadis Serpentine Mosaic Tile Bench at Gaudi’s Park Guell Barcelona

Antoni Gaudi’s trencadis mosaic tile bench at Park Guell is a major tourist attraction in Barcelona’s Gracia district. Trencadis is a type of mosaic using broken tiles and was popular with the Catalan modernism style. Gaudi used this style in many of his designs. The serpentine mosaic bench at Park Guell is an exceptional example of mosaic tile used in a functional architectural design.

 

 

Park Guell trencadis mosaic tile bench on the terrace - Gracia district Barcelona

Park Guell trencadis mosaic tile bench on the terrace

 

Trencadis mosaic tile at Antoni Gaudi's Park Guell in Gracia district of Barcelona

Trencadis mosaic tile at Antoni Gaudi’s Park Guell

 

 

Tossed out tile transformed to trencadis

To create the bench Gaudi utilized discarded tiles from a nearby factory for the magnificent serpentine mosaic tile bench at Park Guell.

Of course all of the bits and pieces in a mosaic must fit together somehow. Each piece found it’s place within the tile bench. The beautiful thing with trencadis style mosaic is that the tiles need not match in exact color or style. Although there are many sections of the serpentine bench where the design is clearly planned and executed.

Part of the planning included drainage holes where the backrest and seating area meet up. This allows the rain to flow away rather than settling on the bench.

 

Trencadis style mosaic tile bench designed by Antoni Gaudi at Park Guell in Gracia district of Barcelona

Trencadis style mosaic tile bench designed by Antoni Gaudi at Park Guell

 

View from Gaudi’s mosaic tile bench

 

Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi used the trencadis style of broken tile for his majestic serpentin mosaic tile bench at Park Guell in Gracia district of Barcelona

Antoni Gaudi’s trencadis mosaic tile bench at Park Guell

 

Originally Park Guell was planned as a housing development by industrialist Eusebi Guell. The construction was to include 60 lots for luxury homes located away from central Barcelona.

 

Gracia district of Barcelona - Park Guell guard house and mosaic tile bench by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi

Park Guell guard-house as viewed from the mosaic tile bench

 

Unfortunately the development was a flop as only two lots were sold and the project was abandoned by Guell in 1914. After Eusebi Guell’s death his heirs offered the land to the city of Barcelona which acquired it in 1922 and later opened it as a park. Park Guell was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984.

 

Antoni Gaudi's magnificent Park Guell features mosaic bench overlooking gardens in Gracia district of Barcelona

Park Guell – Antoni Gaudi’s masterful design features a trencadis  mosaic tile bench

 

How much time do you need to see Park Guell

In total I spent five hours wandering around Park Guell on a beautiful spring day. The park is so popular that there is a limit of 400 people admitted to the park every 30 minutes to avoid overcrowding. After purchasing my ticket at 1:00 pm (for 2:00 pm entry) I wandered the public area that doesn’t require payment for admittance.

 

Park Guell serpentine mosaic tile bench designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi

Park Guell serpentine mosaic tile bench

 

Plan to spend at least a couple of hours to wander around Park Guell. I recommend packing a picnic lunch or purchasing same at one of the vendors just outside the park.

 

Park Guell tickets sold in advance - Antoni Gaudi designed for Eusebi Guell

Park Guell admittance ticket

 

Though the park is a major attraction and hundreds of people flock to it daily I was able to find a nice quiet bench to enjoy my sandwich of salami & cheese on a baguette style bread. I was joined by a few pigeons in the park.

 

Park Guell pigeons in the park in Gracia district of Barcelona

Park Guell pigeon joined me for lunch

 

 

Gaudi mosaic tile bench detail images

Once in the paid admittance area I made my way to the serpent shape mosaic tile bench on the terrace. I couldn’t stop taking pictures of all the beautiful mosaic tile. So many beautiful combinations of colors and design caught my eye.

 

Park Guell trencadis mosaic tile bench designed by Antoni Guadi in Gracia district of Barcelona

Park Guell trencadis mosaic tile bench designed by Antoni Guadi

 

Mosaic tile bench at Park Guell in Barcelona

Mosaic tile bench at Park Guell in Barcelona

 

 

Park Guell trencadis mosaic tile bench designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi - Gracia district of Barcelona

Close up of tile at Park Guell of the mosaic tile bench designed by Antoni Gaudi

 

Mosaic bench detail at Park Guell in Barcelona

Mosaic bench detail at Park Guell in Barcelona

 

Detail of Gaudi mosaic tile bench at Park Guel

Detail of Gaudi mosaic tile bench at Park Guell

 

Park Guell is the perfect place to spend some time in Barcelona – enjoying nature and people watching on Antoni Gaudi’s beautiful trencadis serpentine mosaic tile bench.

I walked to Park Guell from Casa Vicens – another magnificent work of architecture by Antoni Gaudi. You can get to Park Guell via Metro green line and get off at Lesseps or Vallcarca station.

 


Park Guell Barcelona Visitor info

Address

Carrer d’Olot, Barcelona

Phone Number

+34 934 091 831 Monday to Sunday 9:00 am to 9:00 pm

Park Guell Hours

  • Summer 8AM – 9:10PM
  • Winter 8:30AM – 6:15PM

Admission Cost (as of September 2018)

  • Adults €8.50 (purchase online €7.50
  • Children 7+ and seniors: €6 (purchase online €5.25)
  • Children 6 and under) FREE

How to Get to Park Guell

Metro: Vallcarca or Lesseps (green L3). Buses H6, 32, 24 and 92. Walking directions from bus stops and metro stations can be found here.


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Susan Moore spent 7 months traveling around Southeast Asia back in the 90's. Returning to Canada she found a job working on rotation in Siberia Russia. She later moved to Austin Texas where she started a bookkeeping business, allowing her to work remotely. Currently Susan is in year 4 of living a nomadic life, roadtripping around the USA and Canada and writing about her experiences. Read all about Susan » You can reach Susan Moore at Facebook or Twitter or Instagram

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  1. Cris says:

    These pics are so great! And the park looks so good :x

  2. Thank you Cris! It was a wonderful day – when I can enjoy nature and art at the same time it makes me happy :)

  3. Charly says:

    Did this inspire you to come home and break up all your good china? This is my kind of place! I hope to visit soon!

  4. love, LOVE the tile diversity!
    ROG, ABCW

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