Palau Güell (the Guell Palace) was constructed by Antoni Gaudí between 1885 and 1890. It is named after Eusebi Güell, the famous industrialist who funded many other works of Gaudí as well.
Palau Güell is located in the Barcelona’s in quarter of Raval, in Carrer Nou de la Rambla 35. It was the first building commissioned to Gaudí by Güell and marked the beginning of their life-long cooperation.
From the outside the first thing noticed will probably be the two large parabolically shaped front gates. These iron gates allowed visitors to enter the palace on their horse drawn carriages through the right gate and leave through the left one.
From the entrance hall visitors went upstairs towards the receiving room of the Güell family. Most representative events in Palau Güell took place in the large main party room with its high ceilings.
The Güell family used this marvellous modernista palaca as their private residence for almost 50 years until it was confiscated during the Spanish Civil War in 1936.
Since this glorious building was abused as a barracks during the following years, it was in a very bad condition when returned to Mercè, the daughter of Eusebí Güell. Thus in 1945 she decided to hand it over to the municipality of Barcelona.
Thanks to the extensive renovations, in 1984 Palau Güell was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Palau Güell – Facts
Opening times: Open Tuesday to Sunday. Summer hours (April 1 – September 30) 10 am to 8 pm (last admissions 7 pm). Winter hours (October 1 – March 31) 10 am to 5.30 pm (last admissions 4.30 pm)
Admission: General admission 10€ students under 25, seniors over 65 and groups 8€
How to get to Palau Güell?
Take metro line L3 (Green Line) to Liceu, walk down las Ramblas until you find Carrer Nou de la Rambla on the right side. Palau Güell is after a couple of metres number 3-5.
Official Website: www.palauguell.cat
Insider tip: When strolling along Ramblas you can easily combine this with a visit to Palau Güell. It is just a 50 meter detour to get a glimpse of it from the outside.