Palau Guell is another Barcelona sightseeing attraction that has become a UNESCO World Heritage site.
It was the private residence of the Guell family in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
This is a truly majestic palace, one of the places to see in Barcelona city.
This building was closed for restoration work and only re-opened to the public in 2011 and can now be seen in its original splendor. There is a detailed audiovisual display and exhibition explaining the restoration work that was done in the building.
Antoni Gaudi was very lucky when the wealthy Count, Eusebi Güel “discovered” him and in 1886 Guell asked him to build a mansion that would set him apart from his neighbors. Palau Guell is the result of this collaboration and is one of Gaudi's first projects.
It has an awesome facade, there are two doorways for carriages, one an entrance and the other an exit, they have huge seaweed looking iron gates and in between the two gates you will see the Catalan Coat of Arms. The interior is made of pillars and carved wooden ceilings. If you go to the roof you find the 20 mosaic, plant inspired chimneys.
In Palau Guell you will see how Gaudi played with spaces, how he tried to manipulate light and solved the problems of constructing the building with his art and creativity. Wrought iron, ceramics, glass, stone and wood were used by the artists, builders and craftsmen that collaborated with him in the buildings construction.
When visiting it you will start in the basement, these are the underground stables with large mushroom like pillars that give it a monumental feel, then go through the main floor that is composed of several interconnected spaces. The central hall is stunning and is covered by a perforated parabolic dome through which natural light flows. Next is the floor where the Guell family had their private bedrooms. You will end on the roof with its spectacular ceramic decorated chimneys.
The address of Palau Guell is Nou de La Rambla, 3 - 5
Groups with reservations, Youth card (Carnet Jove), Students under 25 and EU citizens over 65.
Reservations must be made at least 48 hours before your visit.
Free: Children under 12 but excluding groups, official tourist guides, people with disabilities, the first Sunday of the month, 23 April and the 18 May
Audio guides are included in the admission price.
Tuesday to Sunday (Closed Mondays)
October – March10h00 to 17h30 final admission: 16h30
April – September10h00 to 20h00 final admission: 19h00
Public holidays that fall on a Monday: Open
Closed Mondays except bank holidays, 25 and 26 of December, 1 January and 6 to 13 of January.
Palau Guell is just off Las Ramblas.
Walking down Las Ramblas you to turn right into Nou de la Rambla, Plaza Reial will be on your left.
Metro: The two closest Metro Stations are Liceu and Drassannes on line 3.
Bus: There are also bus stops at Liceu, Escudellers and Drassanes.Lines 14, 59, 91, 120 and the Bus turistic.
FGC: Lines L6, L7, S1, S2, S5, S55 Closest Station: Plaza Catalunya at the top of Las Ramblas.
Oficial web: www.palauguell.cat
Tel: + 34 93 725 775
Fax: + 34 93 725 771
Ticket sales: Nou de la Rambla, 1
I think that due to the fact that it has been closed to the public for so long it has been a little forgotten by many tourists, but it is definitely one of the most important things to do in Barcelona.
So make sure you get there before everyone starts visiting it again. This is a magnificent building that is worth a visit, it is as good as any other Gaudi's masterpieces, so get there before the crowds do.
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