Palau Güell

  • Architecture

The first great work of Gaudí, a mansion of modernist style commissioned by his friend and patron Eusebi Güell.

Basic Info
Carrer Nou de la Rambla, 3-5
L3 (Green): Liceu
Depending on season, check website.
Handicap-accessible facilities
Adapted for the deaf and hard of hearing. Magnetic loop system.

Unesco listed the Palau Güell as a World Heritage Site in 1986, exactly 100 years after Antoni Gaudí began to design it. The history of this magnificent building is once again linked to the association between Count Eusebi Güell and his favourite architect, Gaudí. A representative of Barcelona's upper-middle classes, Güell commissioned him to build a townhouse that would reflect his social and economic status. Gaudí worked for three years, from 1886 to 1889, in shaping this large mansion, located just off La Rambla.

Gaudí used the finest materials. The main façade was built from stone quarried in the county of El Garraf. From the outside, you can see the initials of the owner, EG, and the coat of arms of Catalonia, a symbol of Catalan identity and its home-grown art-nouveau movement, modernisme. Although the rear façade is more sober in style, the front stands out among the buildings of the Raval with its eye-catching chimneys. The architect planned everything right down to the last detail: the entrance was designed to allow carriages to enter and leave guests at the foot of the steps leading into the house. Everything inside is a perfect example of good taste and distinction: marble columns, a ceiling studded with precious stones in the Mudejar style, an impressive dome that lets light in, wooden Venetian blinds decorated with ceramics and the famous Gaudí trencadís mosaics created using small broken pieces of tile. The Palau Güell has a vast living room, a room for visitors, a music room and a chapel that imbues the building with a religious atmosphere.

  • Gaudí menos conocido

    Todos los edificios de Gaudí son excepcionales y tambien el palau Güell, aunque no sea de los más conocidos.
    Se trata de uno de los primeros proyectos de Antoni Gaudí concebido como residencia de su mecenas, el conde de Güell.
    La concepción del espacio, de la luz, vitrales, mobiliario, forjados, muestran ya al Gaudí de su plenitud.
    El edificio ha sido meticulosamente restaurado hace pocos años.
    Visita con audioguia plenamente recomendable

  • La otra joya.

    Muchas son las opciones a la hora de conocer a Gaudí en Barcelona pero pocas son las opciones económicas. Palau Güell junto a Bellesguard y Cripta Güell son los únicos edificios de Gaudí que puedes visitar por menos de 10 euros, y éste es de los pocos que son públicos.
    Me sorprendió y pasé una hora entera metido en el mundo de Gaudí, había visitantes sin llegar a ser molesto, y puedes visitar el edificio completo de abajo a arriba. Si estás planeando visitar varias obras de Gaudí, deberías empezar por esta, ya que nos muestra el Gaudí más joven y académico y sus primeras salidas de contexto que luego se vuelven parte natural de su arquitectura.

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