Timings : April - Oct :10:00-20:00 Nov - Mar : 10-17:30 Closed on Mondays (except public holidays)
Time Required : 1-2 hours
Entry Fee : General admission: EUR 12.00
Designed in 1886 as a mansion for Eusebi Güell — a business tycoon, the Palau Guell is a Gaudi buidling considered to be one of Barcelona's architectural marvels. Nestled in the El Raval neighbourhood, the Guell Palace, as it translates to, has featured in Antonioni’s film – The Passenger. One of the first major buildings by master architect Antonio Gaudi, the Palace served as a place to entertain guests back in the day.
Having been renovated many times, the Palace was re-opened to the public in 2011. This architectural curiosity stays true to Gaudi's style, with 20 chimneys on the roof which serve to ventilate the house. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site, reminiscent of a Venetian palace.
Situated in the middle of the old city, the Palau Guell has been a part of Barcelona's legacy for a long time. A few metres from Rambla, inside the Raval district, the Palace is designed with impressive looking glass and woodwork. You can sign up for guided tours about the history of the place.
General admission: EUR 12.00.
Reduced ticket (students, 65+, large families and single parents, adult groups with guides and teachers, Ruta del Modernisme ticket holders): EUR 9.00.
Kids (0-10) and disabled visitors with more than 65% disability: Free.
Free admission on the first Saturday of every month.
The general admission ticket is accompanied by a free 40-minute guide in English. It covers the history and architecture of virtually all the rooms in the house. The free tour runs every Friday and Saturday at 10:30 AM.
The Barcelona City Card will give you a 25% discount on the tickets for Palau Guell.
The imposing facade of Palau Guell is augmented by the wrought iron gates, crowned by Catalonia’s shield. Built entirely from limestone, the structure is divided into three levels of which the main ballroom is a central attraction. The architecture on the inside is a mix of Renaissance and Oriental styles, designed to incorporate the eccentric Guell’s wishes. One of the first things one notices inside the house is the glasswork atop the grand staircase, painted to resemble the Catalan flag. Up these stairs, one can find the Guell family rooms. While the intermediate level houses the private study of Guell, this part of the house is often closed off to visitors.
The Palau Güell was designed as a mansion, centred around the main room meant for entertaining high-profile guests. Guests would enter the premises on horse-drawn carriages through the wrought iron gates. The intricate forged ironwork was designed specially by Gaudi, resembling seaweed. This neo-Gothic wonder is one of the only remaining buildings in the old city which gives a taste of Gaudi’s genius.
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