The Palau Güell is one of Antoni Gaudí's early works in Barcelona and one of the most magnificent buildings of the Modernism. It is located in the Raval district, just a few metres from the Rambla. Parts of the facade of the Palau Güell are reminiscent of a Venetian palace, striking are the two large oval gates at the front. With carriages you were able to drive directly through these gates into the horse stables. Guests then went up the stairs to the upper floors. Get a Barcelona Card and receive 25% discount for the admission to Palau Güell.
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Gaudí was commissioned in 1885 by his patron, the industrialist Eusebi Güell i Bacigalupi, to design a city palace. Constructions began in October 1886. The world exhibition in 1888 was the opening of the palace, although the work continued. The striking, and for Gaudí typical chimneys, were installed on the roof in 1895. Altogether there are 20 chimneys on the roof, which also serve to ventilate the house.
The Palau Güell was supposed to become a multipurpose building, with apartments, event and exhibition spaces. There were just 18x22 metres of floor space available to build a magnificent and functional palace. The task was brilliantly solved by Gaudí, he created one of the most magnificent buildings of the Modernism.
However, Gaudí not only built houses, but he was also a designer and decorated the house with impressive ironwork, woodwork, ceramics, stained glass and stonework.
On the lower floor the stables for horses and dormitories for the servants were located. You could get to the lower floor via two spiral ramps.
Barcelona's best known architect of the Modernism, Antoni Gaudí.
Two large, oval entrances made it easy to take the horse-drawn carriages into the house. From the wagon hall in the rear, the ramp for the horses led to the basement.
On the mezzanine floor used to be the workrooms and a library for the landlords Eusebi Güell and other administrative offices. On this floor the splendid entrance hall is located as well, from which a magnificent staircase leads to the Beletage, the family home of the landlord. The main level of the house also includes a tribune on the north side of the house, which shelters the entrances to the house.
The center of the Beletage is a 17-meter high salon decorated with mural paintings. The roof of the salon forms a parabolic dome. The salon served social occasions and also services were held here. The northern areas of the Beletage were dedicated to social events, the southern part served family purposes, such as the dining room or the billiards salon.
On the second floor were the private rooms of the family, which are arranged towards the window gallery to the large salon.
The rooms of the house staff and supply rooms, such as kitchen, pantry and washrooms used to be in the attic. On the terrace is a long steep needle that covers the dome of the large salon and 20 chimneys decorated with ceramics.
Since 1984 Palau Güell has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The building reopened in 2011 after a 7-year renovation.
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Regular: €12.00 (audio guide included)
11-17 years: €5.00
Up to 10 years: free admission
With the Barcelona Card you get a 25% discount on admission.
Tips for the visit of the Palau Güell
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